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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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Eleventh Avenue Flagman: 1911

Eleventh Avenue Flagman: 1911

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

Eleventh Avenue Freight: 1911

Eleventh Avenue Freight: 1911

Mounted flagman and freight. Another circa 1911 view of the Eleventh Avenue rail line in New York near West 26th Street. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. The light spot at the top is from deterioration of the emulsion.

 

Death Avenue: 1910

Death Avenue: 1910

A detailed circa 1910 Manhattan streetscape of rail cars at West 26th Street and Eleventh Avenue, known as "Death Avenue" for the many pedestrians killed along the New York Central's freight line there. View full size. Removal of the street-level tracks commenced on December 31, 1929. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Update: Click here for the largest version.

 

Little Italy: 1908

Little Italy: 1908

New York's First Avenue at East 29th Street during the annual Little Italy festa circa 1908. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Fifth Avenue: 1913

Fifth Avenue: 1913

Fifth Avenue at 51st Street in New York circa 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Samuel Wilcox

Samuel Wilcox

Des Moines Fire Department, Des Moines, IA Samuel Wilcox (1855-1942) shown holding the fire horses in front of the fire department. Sam was a member of Comb. Company #9, Des Moines Fire Department. He was a fireman for 34 years. We are related.

A Circus Girl: 1908

A Circus Girl: 1908

"A Circus Girl." 1908 photograph by Frederick W. Glasier of Brockton, Massachusetts. View full size.

 
 
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