1870-1920 old photos when America was an average rich country

  picture shows two riverboats making a landing in Memphis, Tennessee.

picture was taken in 1905, and it shows the boardwalk in Atlantic City. I am not sure what the little carts are that they are pushing people around in. It looks like a beautiful day.ATLANTIC CITY
shows the train station in Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. Notice there are no cars in the picture . . .just carriages, and the train.
picture is from the early 1900's. It shows the corner of 5th avenue and 42nd street in New York City.
picture was taken in 1905 and shows a horse drawn trolley. The picture was taken in Palm Beach, Florida. The trolley travels on a track, and is pulled by a horse.

It was a time when cars were just becoming popular, and you would see scenes with both horse carriages and cars sharing the same street. Peope dressed nicely, and everything seemed so nice and proper.
picture was taken around 1900, and shows a general store in Maryland. I love the pot belly stove, and the bench where shoppers could sit, and visit with one another

 picture of a general store, taken in 1914. I like how there is both a Model T, and a horse and buggy out front. One mode of transportation on its way out, and one on its way in. I note the chickens running around the store, and would be willing to bet that their fresh, free range eggs would be available for purchase in the store.

picture is from the 1920's and shows the garage attached to a gas station. You can see the station offered not only gasoline, but body work and auto painting as well.

picture is of the Minute Service Station, and it was taken in 1925


Seth Kinman And he killled a lot of Grizzly bears in his day.

The picture above was taken in 1904, and shows children in Goat Carriages in Central Park, in New York City.

at Coney Island in about 1900, and shows goat-drawn Surrey Wagons.

Pancho Villa was more than just a bandit and revolutionary leader, he was in fact the de facto government of northern Mexico. As such, he had lots of responsibilities in addition to your normal raiding, pillaging and fighting. As such, he was in need of a right hand man to focus solely on the dirty work of banditry. He found a perfect man for the job . . . Rodolfo Fierro. The peons of Mexico affectionately referred to him simply as "The Butcher"

this picture of the quintessential Revolutionary . . . José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, aka Francisco Villa, aka Pancho Villa. I like this picture of him because of the classic Bandoliers over his sholders forming an "X" across the chest. I would have preferred he have more actual weaponry in view, but I guess you can not have it all. Also, a little wider brim on the hat would have been nice, giving a little more of a sombrero look.

I find Mexican History to be fascinating. The 1800's and early 1900's appear to be one revolution after another. The central government would be corrupt, and then populist revolutionaries would appear to challenge the central government, but often times these revolutionaries were just as corrupt as the central government.

 this picture of Pascual Orozco. Don't let his boyish look and dapper suit mislead you, Pascual was pure bandit, through and through. As a start, during the Mexican Revolution of 1910, he was an insurrecto general, and Pancho Villa actually reported TO him

In this picture he literally defines the Bandit Chique look. With this outfit he would be equally at home attending a cock fight, dancing the night away at one of San Antonio's finest night clubs, or leading a cross-border cattle raid with the Texas Rangers in hot pursuit. His fine gold watch ensures that he is never late for any engagement, and that he shows up looking polished. Note he is sporting the bandit's best friend, the Colt 45 peacemaker, a model 94 winchester, and ammunition belts for BOTH weapons, with enough cartridges for any event that might come his way.
 Raoul is pictured above. He is standing in the center, and is the man with the cigar. While he is not sporting traditional bandit gear, he definitely projects an overall look that just screams Bandit.

In 1913 the military was totally frustrated with Madero and staged an overthrow of the Madero government. Madero's palace was overrun, he was captured and then executed.
Zapata and Villa was land reform. The land in Mexico was worked by the peons, but owned by a small group of families . . . almost an aristocracy. Zapata and Villa felt the peons should be able to own land. When Madero became president, he did not institute the anticipated land reforms, and the people felt betrayed. This did not end well for Madero.

this picture of Emiliano Zapata and his men. Zapata was one of the most famous of the Mexican Bandits/Revolutionaries/Rebels/Freedom Fighters. He is pictured seated in the middle. Zapata and his men were part of the 1910 Mexican Revolution against President Diaz. Zapata was in charge of the Army of the South, and Pancho Villa was responsible for the Army of the North. So, initially Zapata, Madero, and Pancho Villa were united in their efforts to overthrow President Diaz. They were successful, and then Madero was put in charge. However, Zapata became unhappy with the lack of reform instituted by Madero, and Zapata then turned against him. Zapata led the revolutionary movement in the south for several years very successfully. Then he was betrayed and ambushed by two Mexican Generals and was killed. Zapata is most remembered for his motto, "It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees".

picture of a street vendor in San Antonio, Texas. The picture was taken in 1939

picture was taken in 1899, and it shows a Cobbler School where young men are being taught to make shoes.
 Gilpin Shoe Shop in Richmond Virginia. The picture was taken in 1899. The shop made, repaired, and sold shoes.
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 picture was taken in 1909 in a Tampa, Florida cigar factory. The man sitting on the chair is the "reader". He would sit and read to the workers all day long. The workers chipped in to pay him, and they got to choose what he would read each day.

picture was taken in the late 1800's and shows men packing cigars into boxes at a cigar factory. The picture was taken in Key West, Florida.

picture was taken in 1939, and shows people rolling cigars. The picture was taken at the "De Hoas" Cigar factory in Kfar Ata, Israel.

Sir Thomas Lipton

 In the picture above the lady is using her German Money to burn in the fireplace to keep warm. The money was worth less than the equivalent weight of firewood, so she would just burn the money to keep warm.

Well, the more money the Weimar Republic printed, the more useless it became. The more useless it became, the more they thought that they had just not printed enough money. It finally got to the point that people started finding all types of creative things to do with the currency. This guy is wallpapering his house with it. So, I guess you can never say a currency is useless, as you can always use it to decorate your house.

 Well, the Central Bankers then decided that the problem was that they had just not printed enough money. If they printed more money, then the people would have the money they needed to buy food. Well, they printed more money, but mysteriously, no matter how much money they printed, food would always go up even more. This went on for a while until we ended up with scenes like the one above. The person is taking notes on $1,000,000 German mark bills. Why, you ask, would someone use $1,000,000 bills as scratch paper? That would be because a sheet of paper cost more than a million dollars, and it was cheaper to use marks than to buy scratch paper. Luckily, to save ink, the bills were only printed on one side, so the backside could be used for calculating things like how many wagons you needed to carry money to the store to buy a loaf of bread.

The picture above shows the Weimar Republic in more troubled days. You can see that people began to find it difficult to feed themselves, and breadlines and souplines developed across the country. In the image above, the army is trying to help provide some food for the people.
 picture was taken in 1900, and shows the Illinois Trust and Savings Bank. The picture was taken in Chicago
The picture above was taken in 1933 in New York-bank run
picture was taken in 1905, and it shows Miners and Merchants bank in Nome Alaska.
This is gold from the Alaskan Gold Rush. The picture indicates that it is 1,250,000 in gold. At todays gold prices, that would be about $85 Million in gold. Same amount of gold, just the paper dollar is worth a lot less, so it takes more of them to buy the gold.

                                       Anarchist Alexander Berkman

anarchist -MEANS
noun: anarchist; plural noun: anarchists
a person who believes in or tries to bring about anarchy.
synonyms:nihilist, insurgent, agitator, subversive, guerrilla, terrorist, bioterrorist, narcoterrorist, ecoterrorist, cyberterrorist, agroterrorist, freedom fighter, resistance fighter, rebel, revolutionary, revolutionist, Bolshevik, mutineer; More

 picture of George Cochon. He was a leading anarchist in Paris in the late 1800's

The picture above was taken in 1920, and shows a bombing that occurred on Wall Street. So apparently this group did not just throw bombs at their own rally, but also threw bombs at other people.[FIRST THE ANARCHIST;THEN THE MARXIST;NOW THE TERRORIST!!TOMORROW?WHAT 'IST'?!]

his picture from 1914. It shows an anarchist crowd in Union Square in 1914. Alexander Berkman is addressing the crowd.
 The picture above was taken in 1908, 20 seconds after a bomb went off at a rally of 5,000 anarchist at Union Square in New York City. The anarchist pictured had brought bombs to the rally, and were about to throw one at the police. The bomb went off before they threw it, injuring a large number in the crowd.
In the early 20th century there was a big anarchist movement. Anarchist come in many different flavors, but pretty much, they believe that there should be no government at all. They believe society should function without a "State" or "Government". I wish I knew someone who believed this, so I could better understand how this would work. I would think that if there were no government, there would be some people who would choose to be strong. The weak would seek protection from the strong, and then the strong could easily control them. I would think that if a state of anarchy existed, it would quickly turn into a state of feudalism. I think the early 20th century anarchist believed that people would organize themselves into peaceful commune type communities. This would be fine, but what happens when one commune decides to arm themselves, and expand their territory.
 the picture above is of Alexander Berkman and Helen Harris, tow of the leading anarchist of the early 1900's.

 This picture shows a soup line in New York. The picture was taken in 1910.
This is a picture from the early 1900's which shows a classroom at the Washington DC school for secretaries.typing, shorthand/dictation, and filing.
picture is from the early 1900's, and shows the exterior of the Underwood Typewriter Company. I love the old delivery truck.
BEFORE SWIMMING AND SKIMPY SWIMMING BIKINIS BECAME FASHIONThis is another beach scene picture from Coney Island, taken in the early 1900's.

his picture was taken in 1938, and shows a young Howard Hughes. Howard Hughes made much of his fortune in the aerospace industry. In the 60's and 70's he was one of the richest men in the world. He did have some mental disorders that got progressively worse as he got older, and he was in pretty bad shape by the time he died.
Mr. JP Morgan, one of the richest men of the early 1900's. He was a banker who made his fortune in high finance, arranging corporate mergers and take overs. In this photo, he appears to be whacking someone with his cane.
 the Rockefellers, John D., and John D. Jr. The picture was taken in 1915. At the time, this was one of the richest families in the world.
 picture is of Alfred Vanderbilt. The picture was taken in 1907. Alfred was an avid sportsman. He died in 1915, with the sinking of the Lusitania.


 picture shows a ship docked in Brooklyn New York. The picture was taken in the late 1800's. It shows lots of detail of the city and people. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

 a photograph showing ships in port in Hamburg, Germany. The photograph was taken in the late 1800's. It is a photochrom print, which was a very early version of color photography.

picture shows Osage, West Virginia, a coal town. The picture was taken in 1938, and shows a train pulling a load of coal through the center of town

Early Telephone

This picture was taken in 1907, and shows an early model of the telephone.


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