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New Zealand, 1907. "Wanganui Herald newspaper staff and bicycles, photographed by Frank J. Denton. Newsboys holding copies of The Yeoman and Herald." Note the kid in back on the horse. Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.
Denver, Colorado, circa 1908. "Welcome arch at Union Depot looking down 17th Street." The arch, with the Hebrew benediction "mizpah" soon replacing WELCOME on the other (departure) side, was torn down in 1931. View full size.
Circa 1901. "The Islesworth and Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City." Much interesting signage among the hotels, our favorite being the advertisement for photo developing and printing "in 12 hours." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.
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