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Vintage photos of:
Known as the Velocipede, these bikes were used on the railroad for track inspectors and many other employees. This was a great great step grandfather inspecting the rails on the Pennsy in the late 30's. The original picture was printed backward but due to technology today I was able to investigate and flip it correctly.
This is lumber mill in Glendale Humboldt County, Calif. Someone had written on the picture "first picture of the mill, 1883," this is about the time it was built. In the foreground you can see the logs coming out of the log pond. This photo had a lot of damage on the top third, I cleaned it up the best I could. Photographer is unknown.