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

G.G. Bain

Coney Island Orphans: 1911

Coney Island Orphans: 1911

Orphans going to Coney Island (Luna Park). June 7, 1911. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Syracuse Freshmen: 1908

Syracuse Freshmen: 1908

Syracuse freshmen on the rowing team sit around the dinner table on June 19, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Flavor Lasts: 1909

The Flavor Lasts: 1909

Well-dressed pedestrians glance at a "beggar-peddler" holding a small child and a box of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum on Broadway, in New York City. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Fresh Air Outing: 1913

Fresh Air Outing: 1913

Children and adults take a "fresh air outing" on a trolley in June in Brooklyn, New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Easter 1913, New York. Fifth Avenue looking north. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Fifth Avenue Easter: 1913

Fifth Avenue Easter: 1913

Easter 1913. Fifth Avenue, New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

St. Patrick's Easter: 1911

St. Patrick's Easter: 1911

Easter 1911. St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Note the pair of Hansom cabs, named after the inventor (Joseph Hansom) and the type of carriage (cabriolet). Hansom cabriolets fitted with taximeters became known as taxicabs. Note the "curtain" in front of the cab -- to keep the passenger from having to see the horse do what horses do.

 
 
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