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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Heir to the Hoorah: 1906

Heir to the Hoorah: 1906

1906. "Mobile, Alabama -- Old Market House at Royal and Church." Our title comes from the theatrical billboard next to the seafood market. View full size.

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Story synopsis:

The Hoorah mine in California has turned Joe Lacy, Bud and Bill into millionaires, but they all lament that, as single men, they have no children to whom they can leave their money. As a result, Bud and Bill convince Joe to get married. He makes only half-hearted attempts, however, until he falls in love with Geraldine Kent, whose social climbing mother hates Joe's bad breeding but adores his bank account. Soon after the wedding, Joe learns that Geraldine, at her mother's urging, married him only for his money, and so he leaves her. Then, a year later, he decides to track her down when he discovers that she has had a child. Because she has come to love him during their separation, Geraldine reconciles with Joe as soon as he finds her and then presents him with the heir he had wanted so badly.

Now, it's History!

History Museum of Mobile, that is.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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