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ADT Messengers: 1908
A. D. T. Messengers, August 1908. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana. (ADT, or American ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 6:02pm -

ADT Messengers: 1908

Knoxville Messengers: 1910
December 1910. "Postal Telegraph Messengers, Knoxville, Tennessee." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 11:21am -

Knoxville Messengers: 1910

Parting Glances: 1920
... of support wall that would have to go all the way up. Messengers Bicycles, a motorcycle and a messenger office. Pure chance, or a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 1:54pm -

Parting Glances: 1920

Special Delivery: 1917
... price that I've seen), they wouldn't. Special-Delivery Messengers These aren't regular letter carriers, aka mailmen, but special-delivery messengers. According to Sec. 864 PL&R (Postal Laws and Regulations) of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2012 - 4:41pm -

Special Delivery: 1917

Eagle Scout: 1913
... to the veterans during the encampment, acted as aides and messengers in the army hospitals, and acted as couriers for various officials ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/12/2014 - 4:33pm -

Eagle Scout: 1913

Birmingham Messenger: 1914
... fixed gear bikes are especially popular among urban bike messengers. fixed gear baby! fixed gear baby! [Recent NYT article ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:39pm -

Birmingham Messenger: 1914

Postal Boys: 1911
... June 1911. Norfolk, Virginia. "A typical group of Postal Messengers. Smallest on left end, Wilmore Johnson, been there one year. Works ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 5:59pm -

Postal Boys: 1911

A Typical Group: 1910
New York, July 1910. "A typical group of messengers at Postal Telegraph Company's main office, 253 Broadway. During hot ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/12/2011 - 1:25pm -

A Typical Group: 1910

Boston: 1890s
... the Old State House, State and Washington Streets. There messengers can be called by telephone or by the special electric call-boxes of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 9:57pm -

Boston: 1890s

Woman Suffrage: 1913
... Americans worked for the Federal government as clerks, messengers, solders and laborers. In the neighborhoods around Howard ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 12:31am -

Woman Suffrage: 1913

Night Watch: 1910
... 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "A.D.T. boys (telegraph messengers). 'They all smokes.' " Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/16/2012 - 2:42am -

Night Watch: 1910

Sikorsky Christening: 1925
... Airplane Service Instituted Six days were required by messengers on horseback to carry news of Cornwallis' defeat from Yorktown, Va., ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/03/2012 - 11:42am -

Sikorsky Christening: 1925

Flyboy: 1917
... amounted to 218 letters and was delivered by special messengers at 9 o'clock. Lieut. Edgerton's Success. The plane ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 3:50pm -

Flyboy: 1917

Willie of Montgomery: 1914
... same thing! Kids and Bad Houses I frequently see messengers going in what was then called "Red Light District". I guess ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 8:25pm -

Willie of Montgomery: 1914

All Washed Up: 1910
July 1910. Postal Telegraph Co. messengers, 283 Broadway. "The boys make good use of the shower baths." View ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/15/2012 - 11:25am -

All Washed Up: 1910

Cribs: 1913
... his pants Is tucked into the waistband. Most of these messengers who frequented the "Red Light" were making deliveries from ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/09/2010 - 1:05am -

Cribs: 1913

Cops Don't Stop Me: 1913
... kids visiting the Red Light, he means in their capacity as messengers. Delivering packages, telegrams, etc. - Dave] (Kids, Lewis ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/22/2008 - 1:21pm -

Cops Don't Stop Me: 1913

Messenger Boys: 1909
Western Union messengers in Hartford, Conn. March 1909. They are on duty, alternate nights, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2011 - 9:54pm -

Messenger Boys: 1909
 
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