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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Animals

More Mascots: 1917

More Mascots: 1917

New York, 1917. Another shot of the sailors and mascots aboard the U.S.S. Recruit, a mock battleship moored in Union Square as a Naval recruiting station. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Mascots: 1917

Mascots: 1917

New York, 1917. "Mascots aboard Recruit." Furry/feathery companions for sailors on the "landship" in Union Square. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Hosed: 1926

Hosed: 1926

July 28, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Elephant at zoo." View full size. Nat'l Photo.

 

Crow Girl: 1910

Crow Girl: 1910

Marion Gaynor, daughter of New York Mayor William J. Gaynor, and her pet crow "Pete" circa 1910. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Marion, an animal lover whose first of four marriages came when she was 16, died after a train hit her car at a Long Island grade crossing in 1944.

 

Capture the Wabbit: 1920

Capture the Wabbit: 1920

1920. "Sham battle, Camp Meade" (Fort Meade, Maryland). View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Family Plan: 1908

Family Plan: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. Wylie Mill. Boy with calf is Pamento Benson. Raising it for beef. Has worked in mill 2 years. Mr. Benson said, "Just as soon as the boys get old enough to handle a plow, we go straight back to the farm. Factory is no place for boys." Next to Pamento is Ray Benson, "helper in the mill." Next Clarence Rost, works in mill. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Shooting the Bull: 1913

Shooting the Bull: 1913

Nov. 3, 1913. "Shooting bull, Central Park." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Headline in the New York Times:

MAN IS SHOT DEAD IN CHASE FOR STEER

Frenzied Animal Tears Down Fifth Avenue,
Police Shooting From Taxicabs.

SEVEN OTHERS SCATTER

Wild Bullet Slays a Watchman -- Waiter Is Wounded --
All the Beeves Caught or Killed.

The steer which caused the excitement in Fifth Avenue was one of eight which escaped from the yards of the New York Stock Company at Sixtieth Street and the North River. In the pursuit another man was wounded, a policeman was trampled on, and a delivery wagon was wrecked. The excitement began about 4 o'clock yesterday morning and did not end until five hours later, when the last steer was shot to death in Central Park. The steer which alarmed Fifth Avenue was one of the wildest of the lot, and it was a police bullet fired at it which went wild and killed George Beattie, night watchman of the building under construction at 24 East 55th Street. ... The steer, bleeding from wounds, turned into Fifty-Fifth Street, followed by a string of revolver-popping automobiles. ... According to stockyard authorities, about 200 short-horn Oregon steers were unloaded yesterday morning, consigned to various butchers in the city ...

 
 
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