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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "Flights and test of Rex Smith biplane flown by Antony Jannus. The plane with Rufus R. Bermann, wireless operator, and Fred Aubert." Whose somewhat pixilated appearance can be attributed to mold on the emulsion. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Detroit, Michigan, circa 1908. "McGraw Building and Michigan Savings Bank." At the corner of Griswold and Lafayette, this earlier portrayal of the building shown in the previous post affords a better view of the Lafayette Barber Shop, home of "Electric Vibration Face & Scalp Treatment." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.
Circa 1911. "Postal Telegraph Cable office below German American Bank. Possibly Detroit, Michigan." Downstairs: Lafayette Barber, offering Shower and Needle Baths, and something to do with electric vibra[...]. View full size. For a closeup of the Model T, click here. For the rest of the building, see this post.