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June 27, 1912. Rye, New York. "Wells & Coffey." English heavyweight champion "Bombardier" Billy Wells, left, sparring with Jim Coffey, the Roscommon Giant, to prepare for his fight with Al Palzer. Palzer won by a knockout in the third round. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.
"Linda's third birthday -- 1950." Our second visit with Linda, who despite being only 3 already seems a little jaded. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.
February 1939. "Ice for sale. Harlingen, Texas." Pointy pick? Check. Telephone? Yes. Cash register? Yew betcha. Ginormous ball of twine? Natch. Big block of you-know-what? Right here. Snazzy socks to seal the deal? Done and done. Looks like we are in the ice business! Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1907. "Islington Street." Not much happening at first glance, but close inspection reveals an action-packed scene in the myriad small details -- strolling! scrounging! -- afforded by this 8x10 glass negative. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
The first slide from a batch of about 200 Kodachromes I got on eBay last week. I'm naming this collection after Linda, the young lady who features in many of them. This particular unlabeled slide shows Linda and (I guess) her mother around 1948. Linda's family seems to hail from New England. View full size.