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    I looked up the history of the Bowler hat many of them wore (it was quite popular among the working classes in the late 18000's and early 1900's...it wasn't until later that it became part of the bankers uniform in London's financial district) ; it was originally made for gamekeepers who needed a sturdy hat to protect against branches and such: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowler_hat so it could well be described as the original "hard hat"

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    You might have better luck Jim if you take the "W" out of Browadway -----Broadway---- will get you more hits
    https://collections.mcny.org/Collect...UAKVSQG7Z.html
    https://collections.mcny.org/Collection/14-St.-[Construction-of-the-cable-road-on-Broadway,-1891.]-24UAKVSQPCM.html
    https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/...rk#/?tab=about

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    I tried to find some info on the cable road. The only thing I could find was in the Scientific American and I am not a subscriber.

    Rufus did start the now oldest magazine in the US...

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    "You might have better luck Jim if you take the "W" out of Browadway -----Broadway---- will get you more hits"

    Thank you, Google took the 'W' out for me.
    Your third link is what I needed, I thought it was all photos and failed to read the column on the left.

    This early form of mass transit operated by means of two giant cables (powered by centrally positioned steam engines), which ran just below street level, pulling the cable cars along the track at a steady 30 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the underground cables-and hence the trains themselves-could not be slowed down at all, even when turning corners; the sharp turn at Union Square (at 14th Street) became known as Dead Man's Curve for hurling passengers around as it navigated the bend. Constant accidents and numerous breakdowns ensured the rapid demise of the Broadway Cable Railroad.

    It must have been exciting to get on and off at 30 mph
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    https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/...ons#/?scroll=0

    is a great site for viewing those old construction pictures and NYC in general
    There's alot more stuff on there.

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    Bofors guns used by the Army and Navy are shown lined up at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. April, 1944.
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    Closing up the hold of a grain boat. Superior, Wisconsin. August, 1941.

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    Mill workers in Macon, Georgia. 1909.

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    4.7 inch Dutch artillery gun and work crew. April, 1949.

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    A photograph of a photograph. Theres some good detail but shame about the pixelation. Would be nice to see the original.

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