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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Postal Kingdom: 1905

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Postal Kingdom: 1905

Circa 1905. "Post office, Saginaw, Michigan." Perhaps our most Disneyesque P.O. so far. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Notre Dame de Montreal: 1900

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Notre Dame de Montreal: 1900

Circa 1900. "Main altar, Church of Notre Dame, Montreal, Quebec." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Detroit Opera House: 1904

Detroit Opera House: 1904

The Detroit Opera House circa 1904, starring an electric runabout out front. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Greek Revival: 1906

Greek Revival: 1906

Circa 1906, continuing our tour of the Derby City. "Courthouse and Thomas Jefferson statue, Louisville, Kentucky." The building, which took over 20 years to complete, was called an "elephantine monstrosity" by one local newspaper. Elephantine or not, the pigeons like it. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Boys of Summer: 1949

The Boys of Summer: 1949

My brother and I enjoy a day on the green with the hollyhocks in our Larkspur, California yard. He's about 12, me about 3. Later, we may have played in the pretend city we built, which he precociously named Le Petit Orléans. All I remember about it are the roads and the telephone lines we made with string and wooden mock chicken leg skewers from Mother's kitchen. Much later, the area in the upper right was the locale of my model church. I also note that the gizmo between me and the hollyhocks appears to share DNA with the other gizmo I'm holding in this shot. My father had an adventure each summer trying to find the pipe in the lawn that held the umbrella (also green, for all you colorizers). I still have the diagram he made, triangulating from trees on the slope, but it never seemed to help much. If I ever write my autobiography, this will illustrate the chapter "You Never Had It So Good." My sister took the photo. View full size.

Former Slaves: 1916

Former Slaves: 1916

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Convention of former slaves. Annie Parram, age 104; Anna Angales, age 105; Elizabeth Berkeley, 125; Sadie Thompson, 110." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Kind Father Drinks: 1906

The Kind Father Drinks: 1906

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "Lincoln Savings Bank." An interesting sampling of signage here, including the second appearance on Shorpy in recent weeks of an advertisement for Capt. Woodward's trained seals. View full size.

 
 
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