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Afternoon Tee: 1904

Afternoon Tee: 1904

Shelter Island, New York, circa 1904. "Manhanset House, at the golf links." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Windmill question answered

Here is a view from another angle, showing the windmill as a stand-alone structure.

Optical illusion or practical joke

A closer look reveals windmill supports on either side of the chimney. Now, the real question. Intentional or not?

With a hat in the middle

I mean, that is some kind of weird sola topi. And anyone with a mustache like that must be a pukka sahib …

And whatever is the windmill doing on top of the chimney stack? It’s a Gem, made by US Wind Engine & Pump Company of Batavia IL, and was advertised as being geared for running machinery, so … early wind-generated electricity? Or is it just an optical illusion, and a regular water-pumping windmill is mounted on a tower hidden by the chimney?

Who's Out?

Everyone seems to be focused on one spot and the one caddy is holding what appears to be the flag, but for the life of me I can't see the cup.


Hats off to the bloke in the middle for being brave enough to wear whatever that thing is on his head.

Man in the Middle

Nay, I must disagree, he's the 4th guy from the left.


It looks like one of those guys is wearing half of a hollowed-out watermelon on his head.

So much want!

Want that house, a set of those clubs and definitely that hat the 4th guy from the right is wearing!

Safety helmet?

Those are natty caps, but the guy, 4th from the right?

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