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Two Misses in Memphis: 1906

Two Misses in Memphis: 1906

Memphis circa 1906. "A Mississippi River landing." The sidewheeler Belle of the Bends taking on cargo alongside the sternwheeler Belle of Calhoun. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Queenie & Eleanor: 1937

Queenie & Eleanor: 1937

May 15, 1937. "Mrs. Roosevelt feeds 'Queenie," official mascot of the Democratic Party, a lump of sugar at the luncheon and garden party given by the Woman's National Democratic Club at Woodlawn, home of the Secretary of War and Mrs. Harry N. Woodring near Mount Vernon. Queenie was a presented by an admirer to Postmaster General Farley last winter." 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Fire Horses: 1913

Fire Horses: 1913

New York, December 1913. "Hook & Ladder Company No. 7, Third Avenue and 15th Street." 5x7 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Block Party: 1890s

Block Party: 1890s

Boston circa 1890s. "Jamaica Pond Ice Co. delivery wagon." Before there was a button for "crushed." Glass negative by Charles Henry Currier. View full size.

 

Geese Better Scurry: 1901

Geese Better Scurry: 1901

New Jersey circa 1901. "Coleman House, Asbury Park." Fringe Festival in progress. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hygeia Hotel: 1895

Hygeia Hotel: 1895

Hampton Roads, Virginia, circa 1895. "Boat landing at Old Point Comfort and Hygeia Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Runaway: 1916

Runaway: 1916

        Runaways -- real ones, calculated to make your hair stand on end -- will be caught by members of the Traffic Squad. -- N.Y. Times

June 24, 1916. "Police show at Sheepshead Bay Speedway -- rescuing woman from runaway horse." A benefit for "widows and orphans of the men whose names are carried on the Honor Roll." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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