Needles: 1943
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NeedlesCal1943SHORPY: Needles: 1943. March 1943. “Needles, California. A general view of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe rail yard.” Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

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Couple of things: The guys shoveling the sand out of the gondola is interesting and might make for a ‘mini scene’. The great assortment of different rolling stock in the yard is a wonderful reference (IMO).

Factory Town: 1908
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Factory TownSHORPY: Braddock, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. “Edgar Thomson Works, Carnegie Steel Co.” Part of a ginormous seven-section panorama of smoke-belching, throbbing industry. 8×10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

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Great photo showing the worker’s housing.

Here’s the GINORMOUS SEVEN-SECTION PANORAMA

Hotel Gus: 1905
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SHORPY: St. Clair Flats, Michigan, circa 1905. “Resort sightseers on dock of Gus. Trautz’s Hotel.” 8×10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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I like this photo for a number of reasons – mainly because I have constructed a small pier in O scale. This gives some excellent ideas for the pilings and water.

Dry Goods: 1936
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SHORPY: July 1936. “J. Huffman of Grassy Butte, North Dakota, has been forced to close his general store on account of the drought.” Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration.

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Flour City: 1904
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Rochester, New York, circa 1904. “Driving Park Avenue bridge and falls on Genesee River.” And one of the flour mills that gave Rochester its nickname. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Wonderful photograph. Looks like something you would see on a model railroad.

Of interest:

  • The bottom left: There are boards laid out for a walkway down to where the rubble is in the water. The only reason I can think off off-hand is possibly for fishing.
  • That rubble: Within the rocks the water is relatively calm

Hessick and Son: 1925
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Washington, D.C., 1925. “Hessick & Son Coal Co.” The company’s catchy slogan: “Anthracite and Bituminous Coal in All Sizes (Furnace, Stove, Egg, Chestnut, Pea) for Immediate Delivery.” National Photo Co. glass negative.

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My first thought on seeing this was .. “that would make a great model .. it’s already selectively comressed!”

Cincinnati: 1909
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Circa 1909. “Cincinnati from Mount Adams.” Bridges over the Ohio River to Kentucky and, foreground, a section of the Mount Adams Incline Railway. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Another view of the Mount Adams Incline Railway that we say previously – Upward Mobility: 1908 and The Underwear Railroad: 1906

Sidewinder: 1890
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San Luis Potosi, Mexico, circa 1890s. “Tamasopo River Canyon.” Dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co.

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I had a couple of reasons for including this photo. One of course is that it’s an interesting photo in itself. The other was that my On30 layout has some track running close to the edge like this train is doing .. so this is then also for reference.

Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Depot Washinton DC
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There are a series of photos of the same place taken at different time ..

Ambulance Depot: 1917 – 1917. Washington, D.C. “Red Cross emergency ambulance station garage, 16th Street,” conveniently next door to F.P. Jacobs, “electric horse-dog clipper.” Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

… if you go to the Hi-Def image we see the Gas Station (well .. the pump) next to the Red Cross Depot. Over the top of the Depot we can see the F.P. Jacobs Co. .. Horse DoG clipper (hope it’s not a Horse DOC Clipper). The guy standing beside the pump is eyeballing the drivers. Note that the building is a single story with copula and flag pole.

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Angels of Mercy: 1917 – Washington, D.C., 1917. “American Red Cross, dedication of building.” These ladies hail from West Virginia. Harris & Ewing glass negative.

.. check out the ‘matronly nurse (Grade Four)’ on the far left. She appears on the far right in the next link.

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Ambulance Station: 1919 – Washington, D.C., circa 1919. “Red Cross emergency ambulance station.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

.. business must have been good. They extended the front and added living quarters above. Behind and to the left you can see the tanker. YES .. it IS horse drawn. It’s still there a year later. The Gas station is at this time “Quality Gas ….” and you can see a blacksmith behind .. where it says HORSE …

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Gas Shack: 1920 – Washington, D.C., in 1920. “Penn Oil Co., 16th and M Sts.” Pardon the mold. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

.. what do you know. Now we can see the Gas Station – Penn Oil Company – 16th and M Streets.. Note the tanker parked next to the Depot. In the comments we have .. “Washington Post, Apr 3, 1912 – Notice is hereby given that the horse and dog clipping business formerly conducted by the late F.P. Jacobs & Co. is being conducted at the same premises, 1611 M st. nw. and rear 1206 D St. nw. Thanking our patrons in advance. F.P. Jacobs & Co.” .. thank goodness is wasn’t either a ‘Horse Dog’ or ‘Horse Doc’ .. but Horse AND Dog. Compare the two photos .. the Depot has got quite dirty in those three years. The gas pump has acquired a “Filtered Gasoline” lettering on the side. Above and behind is a blacksmith .. says “HORSE SHOER”

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