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Pingenot Auction, Lot 248

248. [PHOTOGRAPHY]. Small collection of early photographs:

[CORSICANA TELEPHONE COMPANY]. Photograph of the switchboard room and operators of the Corsicana Telephone Company. 5 women are seated at the switchboards; 2 men are in the background; and a boy seated on the floor is identified on the reverse as "W. H. Norwood, age 12." The Coca-Cola calendar on the wall is open to March 1902. 12.2 x 17.2 cm (4-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches).

[AVIATION]. "ENLIST—LEARN TO FLY." Collection of 36 snapshot photographs, undated, but about 1917-18. 13.7 x 8.4 cm (5-3/8 x 3-1/4 inches) and 6.7 x 4.4 cm (2-5/8 x 1-3/4 inches). The primary interest for the photographer(s) is a biplane with the words "Enlist—Learn to Fly" on the fuselage, and many people are shown standing next to the wonderful flying machine. About half a dozen photographs are aerial city views of Eagle Pass. Other subjects include three men in bathing costume, men in army uniform, etc.

[PECOS HIGH BRIDGE]. 2 original nineteenth-century albumen photographs of the Pecos High Bridge:

(1) CURTIS, C. D. (photographer). Pecos Bridge.... El Paso, ca. 1894. 16 x 21.2 cm (6-1/4 x 8-3/8 inches). A view from downstream showing the Pecos River gorge and about half the length of the bridge.

(2) CURTIS, C. D. (photographer). Pecos Bridge - Highest Bridge in the U.S. El Paso, ca. 1894. 16 x 21.2 cm (6-1/4 x 8-3/8 inches). A view from the abutment area with tourists standing and walking on the bridge.
         The Pecos High Bridge, completed in 1892, was the second and most famous of three railroad bridges across the Pecos River. The bridge "was of the metal viaduct style with cantilever center sections. It was supported by twenty-four towers and had a total length of 2,180 feet. The rails stood 321 feet above the river. The bridge was thus the highest bridge in North America and the third highest in the world. For many years it was a tradition for trains to pause near the bridge and proceed slowly so that passengers could view the canyon, the landmark bridge, and the river below" (The Handbook of Texas Online: Pecos High Bridge).

(About 39 photographs)