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Death Avenue: 1910

Death Avenue: 1910

A detailed circa 1910 Manhattan streetscape of rail cars at West 26th Street and Eleventh Avenue, known as "Death Avenue" for the many pedestrians killed along the New York Central's freight line there. View full size. Removal of the street-level tracks commenced on December 31, 1929. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Update: Click here for the largest version.

 

Little Italy: 1908

Little Italy: 1908

New York's First Avenue at East 29th Street during the annual Little Italy festa circa 1908. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Fifth Avenue: 1913

Fifth Avenue: 1913

Fifth Avenue at 51st Street in New York circa 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Massey Mill Boys: 1913

Massey Mill Boys: 1913

Columbus, Georgia. April 1913. "Night Work! Group of boys, all working in Massey Hosiery Mills. Most of them had been working all day and had an hour for supper and were going back into the mill (6 p.m.) to work until 8 as they have done several nights this week and for some time past. I found four 10-year-olds and several of 11 and 12 working in the evening after supper and they said it was a regular thing. Ferrell Butler, 10 yrs old, 1114 21st St., been working off and on one year. Marvin Williams, 11 yrs. old been working one year part of the time at night. Lawrence Webb, 12 yrs. Old. Jack Wright, 15 yrs. working three yrs., couldn't write his own name." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Ironers: 1910

The Ironers: 1910

Valets pressing coats with electric irons at the St. Regis Hotel in New York circa 1910. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Hudson & Manhattan Tubes: 1908

Hudson  & Manhattan Tubes: 1908

"New York - New Jersey Tunnel." One of two pairs of Hudson & Manhattan Railroad tunnels under the Hudson River sometime around their opening in 1908, after more than 30 years of off-and-on construction. A century later, the system operates the PATH trains between New Jersey and New York. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. (History of the tubes.)

 

Shibe Park: 1913

Shibe Park: 1913

October 8, 1913. First-base grandstand at Shibe Park, Philadelphia. 1913 World Series. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Our Lady of Lourdes School

The caption card for this one just says "Post Office." Thanks to our commenters we now know that the building with the statue is the Our Lady of Lourdes School at 468 West 143rd Street in New York circa 1914. 8x10 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size | The school in 2007.

 

Caught Napping: 1908

Caught Napping: 1908

Company F, 12th Infantry. Soldiers in their bunks on Governor's Island circa 1908. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Living Large: 1908

Living Large: 1908

"Giant." Big man enjoying a cigar and glass of beer in a New York tavern circa 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Sun: 1914

The Sun: 1914

The Sun newspaper building on New York's Park Row circa 1914. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, Geo. Grantham Bain Collection. Who can ID the cross street?

 

Uncle Sam: 1908

Uncle Sam: 1908

"Uncle Sam," one of the St. Bernards at the 1908 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Roeber's Cafe: 1908

Roeber's Cafe: 1908

On the left, champion wrestler and vaudeville impresario Ernst Roeber (1861-1944) and his Manhattan saloon at 499 Sixth Avenue around Easter 1908. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Roeber (aka Ernest or Ernie) also operated a cafe in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn.

 

The Hooch Express: 1922

The Hooch Express: 1922

November 16, 1922. Cases of moonshine next to wreck of bootlegger's car in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

La Toilette: 1942

La Toilette: 1942

July 1942. Woman and her daughter in the Frederick Douglass housing project in the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C. View full size. 4x5 safety film negative by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information.

 
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