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New Zealand, 1907. "Wanganui Herald newspaper staff and bicycles, photographed by Frank J. Denton. Newsboys holding copies of The Yeoman and Herald." Note the kid in back on the horse. Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.
March 1943. More Marceline, Missouri. "A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." This fellow would seem to be sensitive to glare. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1911. "Meeting Street from St. Michael's Church." Our second installment of this multi-part panorama, with a nice view of the Fireproof Building and its Doric portico. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.
March 1943. "Marceline, Missouri. A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." We could use one of those desks at Shorpy Central. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
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