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Binghamton, New York, circa 1905. "Kilmer factory." The wellspring of Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root, a popular patent medicine. The building was also the temporary headquarters of another Kilmer enterprise, the Binghamton Press newspaper. Panorama of two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.
My brother basking in the glow of the Sunday papers at our kitchen table, while off-stage my mother is slaving away preparing a big breakfast for everybody, both long-standing traditions around our house. He's reading the San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle; the two papers were separately owned and published independently on weekdays, but combined Sunday editions as well as sharing revenue generally under a controversial joint operating agreement. Yes, even 35 years ago print journalism was scrambling for profitable business models. The Chronicle supplied the features for the Sunday edition, thankfully, as they had the most interesting roster of columnists and contributors by far. I probably paused from perusing the Pink Section to take this Kodachrome slide.
January 22, 1909. "Dinner time. Family of Mrs. A.J. Young, Tifton, Georgia." Last glimpsed here. Joe Manning of the Lewis Hine Project, who has spent five years unraveling the Young family's history, tells their story here in fascinating detail. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.