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Vintage photos of:
Jessie McNamee Utica April 1890 - (reverse) Taken at the Lunatic Asylum in Utica April 1890.
What was the occasion I wonder? There was an asylum in Utica, NY. Visiting someone? Posing? A recreational visit? I love this image, especially the good humor and the stylish hats - they add whimsy to a very strange and mysterious photo.
No. 11 built at the shops in Samoa, Humboldt County, California. Taken in Samoa, 1911ish. Oregon Eureka Railroad owned by Hammond Lumber Co. Photographer unknown. View full size.