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Historic America Photography

Convenience Lost

The old Market Basket convenience store, 7005 Blue Mountain Road outside Thurmont, Maryland. Now abandoned.

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Photography Roadside America

Alexandria Ghost Sign

Old brick ad for Walter Roberts Inc Hay Grain, Flour, and Feed Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Today on the side of Virtue Feed & Grain restaurant, 106 S. Union Street.

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To Mourn is a Virtue

This graceful neoclassical bronze door opens to the Duda mausoleum in Bohemian National Cemetery, 5255 N. Pulaski Road in Chicago, Illinois. Joseph Frank (1870-1950) and Albine T. Wolf (1872-1931) Duda were born in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) and emigrated to the United States. Joseph was a clothier in Chicago until his retirement. The couple had three children.

Duda
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Dear Hallow’d Wreath, These Tears are All

Christmas Wreath I

Christmas wreath at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Christmas Town, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Crowning Angel

Monument to Marcellus Edward McDowell (1837-1891), Jane Berlin McDowell Vansant (1844-1916), William J. McLaughlin (1853-1936), and Martha Banks McDowell McLaughlin (1872-1958) in Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Marcellus was a partner in Blackwell’s Durham Tobacco Company, a successor to the company that produced the famous Bull Durham Tobacco. Their advertising campaign saw Bull Durham painted on the sides of brick buildings all over the United States, many of which can still be seen today.

Marcellus Edward McDowell (1837-1891)
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Photography

Thy Holly’s Crimson Gleam

Christmas Wreath II

Christmas wreath at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Christmas Town, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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The Shadow I Once Kissed

This striking gothic monument to Samuel Fletcher Pratt (1807-1872), his wife Mary Jane Strong (1815-1886), and their family in Forest Lawn Cemetery, at 1411 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York, features five full-scale granite statues. Pratt & Company, a hardware store later expanded to include iron and steel production, was at one time the most prominent business in Buffalo.

Samuel Fletcher Pratt (1807-1872)

S.F. Pratt bought out his partner’s share of the company in 1836. In 1844, he became president of the Buffalo Gaslight Company, and went on to found Buffalo Female Seminary. Samuel and Mary had two daughters, Jeannie (1841–1872) and Helen (1843–1873).

Samuel Fletcher Pratt (1807-1872)