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The Busy Corner: 1906

The Busy Corner: 1906

Detroit circa 1906. "Griswold Street at Fort." The comings and goings of a century ago, cross-sectioned and flash-frozen. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Sagamore Mill Boys: 1911

Sagamore Mill Boys: 1911

August 1911. Fall River, Mass. "Group containing the following boys who work in the Sagamore Manufacturing Co. Manuel Correira, 144 Cove Street, works in spinning room on top floor. Said, 'I only help mother.' He was apparently 13 or 14. Manuel Oliver, George Street, works in card room. Seems surely only 12 years old. Manuel Benevirdes, 30 Otto Street, works on top floor. Manuel Rage, 51 George Street, works in spinning room on fourth floor. John Oliver, 93 Slater Street, works in spinning room on third floor. Joseph Ariuda, 23 Shorr Street, works in spinning room on third floor." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Circle in the Square: 1908

Circle in the Square: 1908

Buffalo, New York, circa 1908. "McKinley Monument, Niagara Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Knotty Gobs: 1899

Knotty Gobs: 1899

July 3, 1899. "U.S.S. New York, apprentice boat crew, anniversary of Battle of Santiago." Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Oregon Pair: 1898

Oregon Pair: 1898

Circa 1898. "U.S.S. Oregon, gangway on superstructure deck." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Three Skyscrapers: 1912

Three Skyscrapers: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn." The Singer Building rises at left along with the Woolworth tower and Municipal Building, both under construction. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Boy Can't Help It: 1955

The Boy Can't Help It: 1955

Other than the fact that this photo of my brother was taken on Friday, April 15, 1955 at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California on Kodak Tri-X film exposed for 1/25th of a second at f4.5 with a Lordox 35mm camera, I know nothing about it. Except that it wasn't used in the yearbook. BTW, got a match?

 
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