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Union Depot: 1907

Union Depot: 1907

Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1907. "Union Depot, Calhoun Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Crawford Notch: 1900

Crawford Notch: 1900

New Hampshire circa 1900. "Crawford Notch from Mount Willard, White Mountains." And on the horizon, the Grayscale Range. View full size.

 

Adirondack Alley: 1905

Adirondack Alley: 1905

Upstate New York circa 1905. "Bowling alley. Paul Smith's casino, Adirondack Mountains." Our second look at this resort's recreational facilities. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sloss City Furnaces: 1906

Sloss City Furnaces: 1906

Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1906. "Sloss City furnaces." Four years later, our site's namesake, Shorpy Higginbotham, would be working for the Sloss-Sheffield Iron Co. at nearby Bessie Mine, helping to supply coal for the furnaces at this steel mill. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Mighnon Gunn: 1942

Mighnon Gunn: 1942

July 1942. Back at the Melrose Park Buick plant near Chicago. "Production of aircraft engines. Reconditioning used spark plugs for use in testing airplane motors, Mighnon Gunn operates this small testing machine with speed and precision although she was new to the job two months ago. A former domestic worker, this young woman is now a willing and efficient war worker, one of many women who are relieving labor shortages in war industries throughout the country." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Poe House: 1930

Poe House: 1930

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1930. "Edgar Allan Poe's mother's house." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Dot and Syl: 1942

Dot and Syl: 1942

July 1942. "Production of aircraft engines at Melrose Park Buick plant near Chicago. Hundreds of gears pass through the expert hands of Dorothy Miller and Sylvia Dreiser during their eight-hour working day in a large Midwest aircraft plant. Inspection of these vital cogs in America's war machine is a delicate task and one which requires infinite patience and precision." Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Dime Bank: 1911

Dime Bank: 1911

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1911. "Dime Savings Bank building under construction." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Boy in Mudville: 1911

Boy in Mudville: 1911

January 1911. Pittston, Pennsylvania. "Tom Vitol (also called Dominick Dekatis), 76 Parsonage Street, Hughestown Borough. Works in [coal] Breaker #9. Probably under 14." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Great Emancipators: 1863

The Great Emancipators: 1863

Aquia Creek Landing, Virginia, circa 1863. "Federal Army. Clerks of the Commissary Depot by railroad car and packing cases." A somewhat unsettling scene. Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

No Admittance: 1910

No Admittance: 1910

Portland Harbor, Maine, circa 1910. "Memorial column, Deering Park." This memorial to Market Hall in Portland, using one of the razed building's columns, probably provoked its shares of snickers, not to mention nests. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Curb Market: 1905

The Curb Market: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Broad Street exchange and curb brokers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Pontch Again: 1912

The Pontch Again: 1912

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. "Hotel Pontchartrain." Yet another view of this relatively short-lived hostelry on Woodward Avenue, whose downfall was a paucity of private bathrooms. Familiar landmarks include the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Cadillac Square and the Cadillac Chair. View full size.

 

Almost Teens: 1959

Almost Teens: 1959

I'd be turning 13 later in the year, and so presumably would most of my 7th grade classmates. Typically though, we see variations in the state of puberty onset. I can't speak for the dog, who I imagine was some neighborhood mutt who stopped by for the laughs. Two of the guys have the garb and coiffure of typical "bad boys" of the era - back then we called them JDs - but these were more like wannabes. One is smugly displaying an empty pack of Benson and Hedges cigarettes he'd found - or at least that's the story. Chance - or possibly some attractive force emanating from the patterns - seems to have gathered the check-shirt boys into an eye-warping cluster. Also, one-in-every-crowd guy has star position.

I'm in the sweater standing next to our teacher, who was not only my first male one but the first to engage me intellectually. A man of varied interests, he fascinated me with his lectures - much of which he'd write out on the blackboard for us to copy while he spoke extemporaneously, occasionally punctuating it with flashes of his wry and ironic wit. There was an upright piano in the classroom from which he led us in sing-alongs of old songs - "Red Sails in the Sunset" was one of his favorites. One day, coming back from recess, one of the guys in class sat down at it and started pounding out the "Peter Gunn" riff. I was mightily impressed.

All Repairs Strictly Cash: 1925

All Repairs Strictly Cash: 1925

Rockville, Maryland, circa 1925. "Montgomery County Motor Co." Our sixth look behind the scenes at this car dealer. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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