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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

G.G. Bain

Horseketball: 1908

Horseketball: 1908

Basketball on the tanbark at Durland's Riding Academy, New York. 1908. Evidently it's traveling if you let go of the reins. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Check out how this pic looked before restoration.

 

Emil Aubrun: 1912

Emil Aubrun: 1912

The French aviator Emil Aubrun circa 1912. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

High Stakes: 1909

High Stakes: 1909

"Living on a Skyscraper." Boys playing marbles on the roof of a New York apartment building circa 1909. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Car Merry-Go-Round: 1908

Car Merry-Go-Round: 1908

Merry-go-round display at Madison Square Garden toy show, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Spooky Toy Show: 1908

Spooky Toy Show: 1908

Toy show at Madison Square Garden, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. In the foreground: Junior Aero Club display. Several shadowy blurs can be seen in this time exposure moving about what at first glance appears to be a deserted exhibit space. The car merry-go-round is slowly revolving.

 

Junior Aero Club: 1908

Junior Aero Club: 1908

"Junior Aero Club" exhibit at Madison Square Garden toy show, 1908. Airplanes, zeppelins, kites etc. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

George 'Knockout' Brown

George 'Knockout' Brown

Middleweight boxer George “Knockout” Brown (on right) and sparring partner, probably around 1912. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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