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Chicago circa 1907. "Madison and State streets." Merchants trading on this corner include Carson Pirie Scott and Mandel Bros.; also note the Montgomery Ward delivery wagons. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
New York circa 1905. "Piers at foot of Wall Street. Steamship Curityba and sidewheeler Nantasket." Not to mention that fine-looking Colgate wagon. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
April 1864. "Brandy Station, Virginia. Gen. Rufus Ingalls on horseback. Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war -- winter quarters at Brandy Station." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.
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