Portland City Hall Fire

The city hall in Portland, Maine, burned on January 24, 1908

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A country party

No caption on the back. North America, I assume, and probably the 1880s or 1890s. But what are those hats? And what is that garment worn by the standing man?

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Boy and dog

Sadly, there is no inscription on the back. This dapper boy and his faithful companion will go into history anonymously.

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New Haven Railroad Locomotive

On the back:

“N.H 4-6-6-4 0355, Bronx, N.Y. 1938”

And two stamps: “Photo from Paul Carleton” and “Glenn H. Davis”

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Rubetta E. Hall

This is a photo postcard, addressed to Mrs. D. J. Griffith, Grant, Mich, R.F.D. #1.

Message: “Dear Ottie, This is Rubetta’s picture. I think it looks like her but it isn’t as plane as I would liked to had it. Your sister, Olive”

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Found photographs

Top: I found this Polaroid in a desk drawer when I moved into a new office.

Bottom: Found on a busy sidewalk.

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A ticket to dusk

Be sure to attach it to your baggage.

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The Daily Drop Cap

Drop caps . . . those large, often ornate first letters of first words in books, posters, blogs, or wherever fine typography is appreciated. Here’s a wonderful Web site–updated daily–that offers free drop caps designed by typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. http://dailydropcap.com/

The example here is not from her offerings. But the highly wrought letter T a good illustration of what a drop cap looks like.

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James

Inside front cover of A Valuable Assistant to Every Man or, the American Clerk’s Magazine, published in Boston in 1795

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Headed off into the ’50s

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