Shorpy April 27, 2017

Circa 1903. “Billy McClain.” American entertainer and impresario (1866-1950) who started out in minstrelsy and whose interests eventually came to encompass boxing promotion and motion pictures. 5×7 glass negative (broken off at the top) from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C.


Circa 1905. “South Union Street — Burlington, Vermont.” A postcard from the days of hitching posts, mounting blocks, streetcar tracks and elm trees, all of which have pretty much vanished from the scene. 8×10 glass negative.


From circa 1957 Columbus, Georgia, comes this uncaptioned snap of an accident’s aftermath — a wrinkled ’56 Lincoln coupe across from the Motor Mart. 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.