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Coaling on the River: 1906

Coaling on the River: 1906

Circa 1906. "Coaling a river packet underway on the Mississippi near Memphis." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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I am reassured.

Now that I see Shorpy members are just as juvenile as the rest of the internet.

Photos add weight

Butt I thought it was all over and not concentrated in one spot.

Cell Phones Useless for Time Travelers

I realize everyone is joking here but you don't have to look too far to find people who believe some of these time traveler stories. "Look, he/she is talking on a cell phone!". Talking to whom? On what network?

The only thing you could do with a smartphone in 1906 is play a little Candy Crush while you are in bed dying of dysentery.


This lady is a great model for the "Hourglass Figure".

Hello Dear..

Does this dress make my butt look big?

Another One

Well at least she isn't using her "Selfie Stick"

Not a Phone

She's Probably listening to the game on her Transistorized Marconi wireless.

Just a Haunch

I believe that the lady sitting on the railing, at least by the evidence presented, seems to be an earlier era Karsdashian.

Taking a quick call

Is it me, or does the tiny-waisted woman who is resting on the rail look as if she is deeply engrossed in a call on her mobile phone?

Time traveler?

The lady is using a smart phone! Is this another one of those "proof of a time traveler" photos that seem to be so popular on the web these days?

That lady sitting on the rail

Looks like she's talking on a cell phone.

Time traveler alert

Lady on the rail chatting to the other side via her nifty Iphone 7

The girl on the railing

looks, as I should say; "comfortable"


From her perch, a lovely view.

I Know Everyone Will Say This

But why is that lady leaning on the railing on her iPhone?

What is the lady holding...

...while she sits on the railing? Looks like she's on her cellphone! ;-)

It's all about the bass

Oh, and she seems to be talking on her cell phone.

Riding the railing

Quite a bustle you've got there, ma'am!

Time Traveler

Is that lady on the railing on a cell phone?

Can you hear me now?

I know it isn't so, but the lady lounging against the railing looks as though she is on her cell phone.


Who's the "cheeky" lady on the cellphone and what kind of reception is she getting on the river?

Time traveler

Being out of the plane of focus, I can't tell whether it's iPhone or Android, but the woman is clearly on a smartphone.

Ahead Of Her Time

It appears the fair waisted woman has a cell phone to her ear.

Talking on her cellphone

The lady in the right foreground, sitting on the railing. As for that left butt cheek, I’m not quite sure what I’m seeing there.

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