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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Horses

Ghost Horse II

Ghost Horse II

December 1936. Remains of horse that died of compaction [intestinal blockage] due to poor feed. William Butler's farm near Anthon, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

 

One Leg at a Time: 1923

One Leg at a Time: 1923

July 1923. A wagon horse outfitted against summer insect pests on the streets of Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Sudley Ford: 1862

Sudley Ford: 1862

Winter of 1861-1862. Federal cavalry at Sudley Ford, Virginia, following the battle of First Bull Run (July 1861). View full size. Half of a glass-plate stereograph pair taken by George N. Barnard and compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 

Interstate Commerce Express Wagon

Interstate Commerce Express Wagon

An express wagon for "Interstate Commerce" stands ready in New York City. From the George Grantham Bain collection. November 1910. View full size.

 

Death Avenue II

Death Avenue II

Another bird's-eye view of Eleventh Avenue, a.k.a "Death Avenue," on New York's West Side as captured by the Bain News Service circa 1911. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

West Side Cowboy: 1911

West Side Cowboy: 1911

Equestrian signalman on the New York Central's Eleventh Avenue freight line circa 1911. In a 1930 article on the West Side tracks' demise, the New York Times wrote of the "eight men and twenty-four horses comprising the famous 'cowboy troop' [or 'West Side Cowboys'] whose function it has been for years to ride ahead of the puffing locomotives as they wheeled along Death Avenue." The dangerous street-level tracks were eventually replaced by a 1½-mile viaduct, the High Line, that after decades of abandonment is being turned into a long, thin elevated park. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Eleventh Avenue Flagman: 1911

Eleventh Avenue Flagman: 1911

Closeup of the mounted flagman in the previous post. View full size.

 
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