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From a turn-of-the-century family photo album. Taken in Washington, D.C. [This is might be the Baltimore fire of 1904. Prints were sold as souvenirs in various cities. There were also a few big fires in Arlington, Virginia, around that time. But none in Washington that I know of. - Dave] View full size.
From an old family photo album from the turn of the century. View full size.
From an old family photo album. I hope the skull was a prop... View full size.
Turn-of-the-Century picture from an old family photo album, probably taken in Washington, D.C. Can anyone identify the flag on the wall? View full size.
Hard to believe that in the days before email locomotive portrait photographers had their own photo-sharing network, trading pictures among each other to fill in gaps in their own negative collections. All were valuable, but unusual number combinations like this were highly prized.
Texas & Pacific Railroad Texas-type #666 is at Shreveport, Louisiana in September, 1949. T&P engine crews did in fact refer to this locomotive as "The Devil Engine". View full size.