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Banana Boat: 1906

Banana Boat: 1906

Circa 1906. "Banana docks, New York." An interesting cast of characters. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Scale or tally?

I think the device being operated by the man in the foreground is a tally meter. I'm guessing that bananas were sold by the "each" rather than by the pound and that the tally meter has a display large enough for everyone to see and also a bell so that everyone knows that each bunch has been counted.


I love this guy. Merry Christmas.

The Daily Show

The reason almost everyone is smiling and laughing, those 2 hatless guys performing the noontime banana toss.

That man

does not look as if he's enjoying that banana.

Pimp My Ride

Cuneo's wagon is quite the ride: every wood slat/pole is detailed, and there are at least four fox(?) tails hanging from the rear view mirror (so to speak). Not to mention that the wagon's master is wearing his Saturday Night Fever white suit and busting-an-attention-getting-move during the exposure.

Produce scale

I think its a counter, not a produce scale

Banana Inspector

The guy with the pipe has a pocket full of bananas, most likely taking them back to the lab to assure their quality.

Someone isn't properly dressed

Middle right, underneath the dinghy -- who left their very nice hat and coat unattended?

What is it?

What is that device the man in the foreground is operating with the rope?

[A produce scale. - Dave]

Which one

is "Mister tally man"?

Merry Christmas to Dave and all of the Shorpy followers!!

That's him --

The guy with the hat, and he's eating a banana.

The Doomed Disa

The SS Disa, built by O.A. Brodin of Gefle, Sweden, in 1903, was a steamer of 788 tons.

On Aug. 25, 1915, the Disa, on a voyage from London to Hernösand with a cargo of salt, was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-6 (Matthias Graf von Schmettow), 5-6 miles NxE of the Shipwash lightvessel. There were no casualties.

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