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    Oregon toughs, circa 1900. Cigarettes and hats required.

    "535-07-5248 and Wife" Oregon, August 1939. "Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note Social Security number tattooed on his arm." (And now a bit of Shorpy scholarship/detective work. A public records search shows that 535-07-5248 belonged to one Thomas Cave, born July 1912, died in 1980 in Portland. Which would make him 27 years old when this picture was taken.) Medium format safety negative by Dorothea Lange.

    Michigan circa 1890s. "Logging a big load."

    Tough Customers of the Old West Are they (L to R) Frank James, Fletch Taylor, and Jesse James The hombre standing in the center has a Whitney Navy conversion revolver tucked in his vest

    Jim Thorpe, age 24, at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Born on Indian territory to parents of mixed ancestry, Thorpe won gold in the pentathlon and the decathlon, dominating eight of the fifteen events.  He was later was stripped of both medals when it was revealed that he had played professional baseball before the Olympics. After the games, he played professional football, baseball, and basketball until the age of 41, when the Great Depression ended his athletic career.

    Oregon or Bust, 1936

    Edith La Sylphe ~ invented the “Sylphide”corset, making the very unhealthy 'snake silhouette' popular. c.1900

    crowcrow: The Red Warriors were a Paris street gang who used violent force to remove Nazis from France in the mid-late 80’s.

    1900 NYC

    Louisiana circa 1903. "New Orleans milk cart." Bonus points if you can Street View this. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

    SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (20) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

    A short piece of the Oregon Trail still exists a few miles east of Boise, Idaho.  Photo courtesy Boise State University.

    Soiled Doves (prostitutes) were the some of the first people to populate and create business in the flourishing towns of the 1800s…..

    Harry Houdini, age 25, 1899.

    Real- Geronimo - ... JamesAZiegler.com

    Oregon, August 1939. "Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note Social Security number tattooed on his arm." View full size | Buy fine-art print. (And now a bit of Shorpy scholarship/detective work. A public records search shows that 535-07-5248 belonged to one Thomas Cave, born July 1912, died in 1980 in Portland. Which would make him 27 years old when this picture was taken.)

    Stetson

    Almanzo Wilder. Oh, how I love My Daguerreotype Boyfriend!

    The Manson family.

    before interstates