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In the days before the long-distance transmission of natural gas, municipalities had their own plants where coal was heated to make what was called "city gas" or "illuminating gas."
March 31, 1913. "Construction of gas holder, Detroit City Gas Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
May 1925. "Major John G. Quekemeyer, formerly aide-de-camp to General Pershing, with 'Argentina,' a 6-year-old Polo pony given to him by the Minister of War of the Argentine Republic, General Justo. The General presented six ponies while he was in South America." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
Spring 1937. "This family without food and work about to be returned to Oklahoma by the Relief Administration. They have lost a baby as a result of exposure during the winter. Had to sell their tent and car to buy food. Neideffer Camp, Holtville, Imperial Valley, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
Nov. 15, 1955. "Dr. Joyce Brothers holds up her category, boxing, after winning $8,000 on the CBS television program The $64,000 Question. Dr. Brothers will return next week to decide whether to keep the $8,000 or risk it against $16,000." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.