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The Cotton Docks: 1905

The Cotton Docks: 1905

Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1905. "Weighing cotton on the docks." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Assuming a normal shaped head

Since Ad Orientem brought up bowler hats, I'll comment on the man wearing a bowler in the center of the photograph. He's not so much wearing his hat as he is balancing it on top of his head. He's dressed so nattily I have to conclude this is the look he intended. Everyone else's hat is worn much further down on their crown, so it was not a standard look.

Clerk and checker

Many years ago, I did the job of the guys with the clipboards on the Savannah docks. Nobody told me I had to count how many bales of cotton were unloaded from the ships. I wasn't invited back the next day.

On my list of things I'd like to see make a comeback

The bowler hat and pocket watches.

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