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Vintage photos of:
A group of fashionable ladies at the city park in Wamego, Kansas, circa 1907. View full size.
Found this companion photo to my previous post. Shows the other side of the pharmacy in Louisville, Kansas. The woman is "Doc" Cutright's wife, Pearl. View full size.
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Poolside at a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in Austin, Texas, 1967. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Hugh Mason Ayer. View full size.
Northwest corner of Ninth and U streets, northwest, Washington DC. For "Now & Then" comparison with Elite Laundry: 1924. I couldn't get an equivalent angle to the 1924 photo without fear of being run-over. Also, I hadn't appreciated the wide-angle lens used in the original photo.
This sad abandoned building has certainly seen better times. It looks like its last business incarnation was as a liquor store. It is currently sheathed with Formstone, (aka permastone), "the polyester of brick." The numerous club and concert posters plastered to the walls reminds me of the recent photo of 600 H St. NE: 1925.
Oops, thanks to anonymous tipster for setting me straight on location.
US Route 40, possibly in southwestern Pennsylvania. Scanned from the original negative. View full size.
These were in use by the military between 1909 and 1919. Scanned from the original negative. View full size.