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A Walk in the Woods: 1906

A Walk in the Woods: 1906

Oriskany, New York, circa 1906. "Summit Park, path to boathouse." Continuing our tour of scenic Summit Park. Please do not feed the squirrels. View full size.

 

The Big Dapple: 1906

The Big Dapple: 1906

Oneida County, New York, circa 1906. "Summit Park at Oriskany, near Utica." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Livingstone Channel: 1910

Livingstone Channel: 1910

"Livingstone Channel, looking east." Construction of the navigation channel along the Detroit River circa 1910. 8x10 dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Hiawatha Temple: 1908

Hiawatha Temple: 1908

St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1908. "Wabasha Street." Abundantly equipped with the standbys that Shorpians will recognize as essential to a smoothly functioning business district: fraternal organization, painless dental parlors, purveyors of cigars and prosthetic eyeballs, optician-jeweler (with the 8:17 clock-sign) and, last but not least, "Business Men's Lunch (And 2 Beers)" for 15 cents. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Many of These There: 1908

Many of These There: 1908

November 1908. Lincolnton, North Carolina. "Daniel Mfg. Co. Girl beginning to spin. Many of these there." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Round Two: 1897

Round Two: 1897

Aboard the warship U.S.S. Oregon circa 1897. "Second round." Our third look at this nighttime boxing match. 8x10 glass negative by E.H. Hart. View full size.

 

Bill Bliss: Mid-1950s

Bill Bliss: Mid-1950s

Here is Bill Bliss with an unknown girl in Yosemite, mid-fifties. Scanned from the 2½ x 3½ inch negative. View full size.

Mysterious Missive: 1905

Mysterious Missive: 1905

Hoboken, New Jersey. "Holland America Line piers." This two-plate composite showing the S.S. Potsdam at harbor could be looked at as a letter to the future -- five years into the future, if we compare it to the other Hoboken panoramas posted this weekend. Who can decipher the riddle? View full size.

 

Holland America: 1910

Holland America: 1910

Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1910. "Holland America docks and Manhattan skyline." Another three-plate panorama showing the S.S. Rotterdam, and a different perspective on the Curious Tipsy Shed. View full size.

 

Sliding Into the Seventies

Sliding Into the Seventies

Yes, even in Idyllic Larkspur™ we had graffiti, but since this is 1970 and since my home town was something of a counterculture mecca at the time, instead of gang tags, the playground equipment is emblazoned with Peace and Love. Who knows, it may have been applied by Janis Joplin, whose house was less than a quarter mile away here in Baltimore Canyon. From time to time, we'd see also Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters bus tooling about town. But as you can see, the counterculture was not exactly my bag, man, unless my groovy belt could be interpreted as a sign of a repressed desire to turn on, tune in and drop out. But nothing like that happened until a few years later, and then only for special occasions. Anyway, by that time all that kind of stuff was becoming rather mundanely mainstream. Snapped by a friend with my Polaroid camera. View full size.

Family Gathering: 1958

Family Gathering: 1958

This was taken at my uncle's house near Venice Beach, California. I was about 3, so this would be 1958. From the left, my uncle (Dad's brother), a biochemist of some renown; Dad's other brother; their mom; my mom (squinting in the sun); my granddad (father of the two guys on the left); and last but not least, my aunt (wife of the biochemist), who was one of the finest people I knew. I do not know what became of her after the early '70s. Finally, the boys. The bigger one eventually became really wealthy, an owner of a professional sports team, and had legal trouble. The smaller one is yours truly, squinting like his mom! This was taken at a time when my little extended family was not only alive but still functional. As usual, the cameraman was Dad! Back then, he had a 35mm camera he bought in Japan on leave from fighting in Korea. Some of these peeps have appeared in my Christmastime pictures, posted earlier. Enjoy. View full size.

S.S. Rotterdam: 1910

S.S. Rotterdam: 1910

Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1910. "S.S. Rotterdam at Holland America docks." The full panorama made from three 8x10 inch glass negatives. Landmarks of the Manhattan skyline include the Metropolitan Life tower. View full size.

 

Working Horses of Hoboken: 1910

Working Horses of Hoboken: 1910

Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1910. "Holland America docks." Lefthand section of a three-part panorama. There are, as we like to say, many interesting details here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Waterfront: 1905

On the Waterfront: 1905

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1905. "Southern Railway terminals." The freighters Trafalgar and, far right, a sliver of the Marie Suzanne. View full size.

 

Rolling With the Punches: 1926

Rolling With the Punches: 1926

1926. "Semmes Motor Co. truck, Walter Brown & Sons." Another from National Photo's series of Washington, D.C., working trucks. This Dodge's battered body notwithstanding, motor trucks were a relative newcomer to a workaday world where dray wagons and horse teams had long dominated. View full size.

 
 
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