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Fox the Hatter: 1910

Fox the Hatter: 1910

New Orleans circa 1910. "St. Charles Avenue from Canal Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

New Amsterdam Theatre: 1905

New Amsterdam Theatre: 1905

New York circa 1905. "New Amsterdam Theatre." Looking like it just popped up out of the toaster. Now playing: "Trilby." Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

A Doll's House: 1915

A Doll's House: 1915

Circa 1915. "Room with painting of child, roses, and portiere." A room with a view, or possibly a narrative. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Ornaments of a House: 1915

Ornaments of a House: 1915

Circa 1915. "Hallway with liquor cabinet and living room decorated with mistletoe ball and Christmas gnome by fireplace." Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Barber Shop & Bath Rooms: 1915

Barber Shop & Bath Rooms: 1915

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. "Entrance to barber shop, Pardridge & Blackwell building." The usually anonymous Detroit Publishing photographer makes a cameo appearance. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915

Pardridge & Blackwell: 1915

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. "Pardridge & Blackwell department store." Many interesting details lurking in the corners here; note the phantom streetcar on the left and billboard advertising "Death-Daring Drivers" in a 24-hour auto race on the right. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Kitchen Candid: 1984

Kitchen Candid: 1984

First of all, a belated apology to my mother for catching her with her slip showing. Despite the relatively late date, much of what we see here was already verging on the antique. The kitchen itself dates from a late-1940s remodel; the white utility table that or even earlier. Lord knows the vintage of the unenclosed rubber-bladed fan. I loved sticking my hand in it and stalling it. Oddest item is the brown cushion on the kitchen chair at left, relict of a long-gone love seat, now the province of the cat. Elsewhere, the agglomeration of stuff from over 40 years of daily family meal preparations. My brother stands in the doorway to the dining room, where shortly thereafter we gorged ourselves on my father's 82nd birthday dinner. Available light Kodacolor 1000 negative. View full size.

The Children's Hour: 1915

The Children's Hour: 1915

Circa 1915. "The nursery" is all it says on this one. Come play with us! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dazey Boy: 1939

Dazey Boy: 1939

October 1939. "Dazey farm. Seventeen year old boy going to feed the pigs. Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pleasantville: 1910

Pleasantville: 1910

Circa 1910 comes this most agreeable vista. Who'll be the first commenter to put a name to a place? (Hint: Half the answer is already here.) View full size.
UPDATE: As many commenters correctly surmised, the city is Pensacola, Florida. The original caption: "Tarragona Street wharf, Pensacola, Florida."

 

Billy, Get Help!

Billy, Get Help!

Circa 1900s. "Billy and his mistress in hunting poses." Our second look at this eight-part series awaiting the colorist's brush. Note the pasted-on wound. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bike Shop: 1912

Bike Shop: 1912

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. "Metzger bicycle shop. Detroit City Gas Co." This photo of a cycle (and phonograph) shop was taken to show off the gaslight fixtures. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Theatre Comique: 1910

Theatre Comique: 1910

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "Theatre Comique." Bring the kids! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pies in Repose: 1940

Pies in Repose: 1940

November 28, 1940. "Pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerene Quaker living in Ledyard, Connecticut." Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Anticipation: 1940

Anticipation: 1940

November 28, 1940. Ledyard, Connecticut. "Family of T.L. Crouch. One of the Crouch children looking to see if the 'pudd'n' is ready for Thanksgiving dinner." Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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