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The Post Office: 1907
... at his desk, and I'll guess three supervisors. The spittoon Although I'm sure there must be other examples here, I can't recall seeing a spittoon before. It's apparently exclusively for the one guy actually working. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/28/2012 - 7:58pm -

The Post Office: 1907

Bowery Flophouse: 1903
... considered rude to put out your cigar/cigarette out in a spittoon? I'd think if you did then the tobacco juice would completely extinguish the butt. "You put your ashes in my spittoon! You put your spit in my ashtray!" A Priest? I'm wondering ... that round thing to his left on the floor? An Art Deco spittoon? "How do I get to the Susquehanna Hat Company?" ack! That ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 2:35pm -

Bowery Flophouse: 1903

Amalgamated Thingamabob: 1915
... like this before. I'm pretty sure they're locks. Spittoon I love the nifty spittoon on the floor next to the guy, right foreground. We all should have ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2012 - 1:53pm -

Amalgamated Thingamabob: 1915

The Phantom Stroller: 1910
... and the light ribbons just happened to line up towards the spittoon (that he kicked closer to the column). Near the second column from the ... for a while if you hadn't pointed it out! The Great Spittoon Mystery This shot prompts two questions: What was the phantom ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 7:43pm -

The Phantom Stroller: 1910

Ghost Convention: 1909
... clock in the view to give a clue. Hey! Who moved my spittoon? Spitting Images I believe that the cuspidors in the photograph ... appearance in literature of Ghosts that could spit. Spittoon City There are at least 10 spittoons visible in this lobby, which ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 8:14pm -

Ghost Convention: 1909

New York Central: 1900
... much trouble for one of you posers to tell me this is a spittoon? Ho Hum- - are we there yet? Gas or Oil at Night? Julius ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/18/2014 - 1:01am -

New York Central: 1900

Spruce Street: 1912
... Wickes Hine. View full size. Where's the spittoon? Do they expect people to walk around with a cheek full of spit and ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 8:22pm -

Spruce Street: 1912

Woman's Bureau: 1922
... she had to moonlight as a cafeteria lady. What, no spittoon? Not fair. (Prints, D.C., Natl Photo, The Office) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 1:17am -

Woman's Bureau: 1922

Weller's Pharmacy: 1915
... the things for sale in the curved glass case above the spittoon? The carved display cases are a thing of beauty. [Sponges. ... Of course, I probably wouldn't have imagined an ornate spittoon. [That's an apothecary jar. The spittoon is on the floor in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 3:13pm -

Weller's Pharmacy: 1915

Hot Lead: 1942
... etaoin shrdlu 'nuff said... The Spitoon The spittoon adds a nice, personal touch to the workplace. Interesting Comment ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/20/2013 - 12:48pm -

Hot Lead: 1942

Ofty's: 1926
... booth with calendars on the back wall, the polished spittoon and bottle cap on the floor. The hair styles of the day, much neater ... I guess. Kicking the Bucket It cracks me up how the spittoon is placed right in the middle of the store like that. I'm such a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 3:15pm -

Ofty's: 1926

Snappy Stories: 1926
... January 1926 Watch your step. Don't kick over the spittoon. Proven wrong Two decades earlier, Henry Offterdinger was the ... apparently they supply chewers also, judging from the spittoon in front of the showcase. And what are the people upstairs doing? ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 4:30pm -

Snappy Stories: 1926

The Artist in His Studio: 1902
... miss something! Ugh! He seems to have missed his spittoon a lot. (Prints, Detroit Photos, DPC) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/10/2012 - 12:43am -

The Artist in His Studio: 1902

Ghost Lobby: 1910
... View full size. High-class joint Nary a spittoon in sight. Look closely And you will see the feint vision of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/29/2012 - 12:32am -

Ghost Lobby: 1910

Postcards Aplenty: 1910
... of that floor in the foreground, I think I know where the spittoon was previously! [Those would be from the fountain. - Dave] ... beverage dispenser. I wonder if there was another for the spittoon-using clientele: "Have a Chaw with the Post Card Man." I'd ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/12/2012 - 5:07pm -

Postcards Aplenty: 1910

Dial D for Danger: 1919
... Ding Very hi-tech stuff I'm sure, with the obligatory spittoon. The vacuum tubes in the amplifiers probably had 700 volts on ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/28/2012 - 7:59pm -

Dial D for Danger: 1919

Colonial Arcade: 1900
... and this? Great photos on Shorpy. [I think it's a spittoon. - Dave] When in Cleveland, see the arcades I echo ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 1:08am -

Colonial Arcade: 1900

Albany: 1905
... quite up to the job. And, now in color... Minus the spittoon. The height of workmanship This photo represents the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 - 8:51pm -

Albany: 1905

A Clean Sweep: 1914
... back in 1914, I'm taking the kids to the U.S. Capitol on Spittoon Cleaning Day. Even though this is elected expectorant, special spit, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2012 - 3:18pm -

A Clean Sweep: 1914

The Artsy Hearth: 1906
... View full size. Great Expectorations The spittoon behind the rocker on the right is decidedly cleaner than others we ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 3:32pm -

The Artsy Hearth: 1906

Grand Palace: 1921
... - Dave] Top 10 Grand Palace details 10. Spittoon   9. One point perspective   8. Baseball magazine ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/06/2012 - 3:57pm -

Grand Palace: 1921

Time to Fly: 1943
... as to what that can is for? My uninformed guesses include spittoon, ashtray, fire-dousing sand, chamberpot. Lt. Fir Tree Methinks ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/18/2011 - 11:51am -

Time to Fly: 1943

The Office: 1913
... glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Note the spittoon. Postal jargon I'm not up on my history of postal jargon, but ... Target Practice Lots of overspray around the ol' spittoon. Railway mail service Was where my uncle worked in the 40's, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2012 - 3:52pm -

The Office: 1913

Dear Sirs: 1902
... "Miss Jones. Take a letter. And after that, freshen up my spittoon." Snip! This is a potpourri of office nostalgia. My eyes ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/25/2012 - 6:22am -

Dear Sirs: 1902

Cigarette Girl: 1911
... too, since they had them then. I'm thinking now it is a spittoon or a place to dispose of cigarette/cigar butts. This was the era you ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/10/2010 - 9:14am -

Cigarette Girl: 1911

Wired: 1921
... Ping Of course no desk is complete without a spittoon. (Prints, Technology, D.C., Natl Photo, The Office) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 8:07pm -

Wired: 1921

Handle With Care: 1923
... clear packing tape took over. We aim to please That spittoon on the floor would benefit from a copy of a sign I once saw in a ... too, please! Your aim's off Hey, do I spot a spittoon on the floor? Yes I think I do! Imagine the screaming today if ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/01/2011 - 7:38pm -

Handle With Care: 1923
 
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