Bygone Americana

The Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1900s.

The Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1900s.

(Source: vintag.es)

Refreshment stand at a county fair in central Ohio, 1938.
By Ben Shahn

Refreshment stand at a county fair in central Ohio, 1938.

By Ben Shahn

(Source: shorpy.com)

Newsgirls waiting for papers. Hartford, Connecticut, 1909.

Newsgirls waiting for papers. Hartford, Connecticut, 1909.

(Source: shorpy.com)

Chinatown, San Francisco, circa 1950s.

Chinatown, San Francisco, circa 1950s.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

Fourth Street. Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1910.

Fourth Street. Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1910.

(Source: shorpy.com)

Chinatown, New York, circa 1900.

Chinatown, New York, circa 1900.

(Source: shorpy.com)

Cable cars take commuters to work. San Francisco, circa 1950s.
By Roger Viollet

Cable cars take commuters to work. San Francisco, circa 1950s.

By Roger Viollet

(Source: BuzzFeed)

Children playing in a Detroit suburb, 1973.

Children playing in a Detroit suburb, 1973.

(Source: NPR)

Five women dressed in traditional Chinese clothing read the day’s headlines. San Francisco, circa 1950s.

Five women dressed in traditional Chinese clothing read the day’s headlines. San Francisco, circa 1950s.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

Atlantic City, circa 1905.

Atlantic City, circa 1905.

(Source: shorpy.com)