Archive for April, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt, 1961.

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

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Severely underexposed slide from this set, made legible through Photoshop: a small child, bundled tightly against the elements, picking up an Easter egg near a propane tank, 1961.

Zoo Bears, 1930s.

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Two bears in a wooded enclosure, 1930s.

1934 Ford Sedan

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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A 1934 Ford Sedan, two-door body. Taken during the mid-1930s.

Niagara Falls Ride, 1905.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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You might think Disney invented immersive amusement park rides, but he was a latecomer to the game. As trolley car services grew in cities, they looked for ways to expand ridership. One popular solution: buy land towards the end of the line, and build an amusement park. You can’t count on short-line railroad entrepeneurs to also be experts in weekend frivolities, so they had to get their attractions from somebody, and possibly a creative genius like Joseph Turner. Turner operated his New York business on the premise that the people of Kansas City would love the chance to visit Niagara Falls, complete with synthetic wind, water, and Native American legends. Read the entire ad here.

Twin Elm Farm, 1938.

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

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“Twin Elm Farm”, from a set of rural Wisconsin photos taken around 1938.

Seated Boy, Book in Lap, 1900s.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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A hand-colored portrait of a seated boy, holding a book in his lap. Appears 1900s.