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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Mystery Coach: 1910

Mystery Coach: 1910

From around 1910 comes this 5x7 glass negative showing a rail car fitted with ... what? Post your informed supposition in the comments. View full size.

 

Fala La La La: 1934

Fala La La La: 1934

December 1934. "No elephant toys for First Lady. Mrs. Roosevelt, on a Christmas shopping tour, had a hard time convincing Santa Claus that she did not want a toy elephant, a symbol of the Republican Party, as a Christmas present. She is shown here inspecting an assortment of toys at a Washington, D.C., department store Friday." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Tattered Tire: 1922

A Tattered Tire: 1922

Circa 1922 in San Francisco, this aging Chalmers touring car needs a new shoe. Since we're at the Maxwell-Chalmers dealer, why not take a look at the new models? 6½ x 8½ glass plate from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Honored Guest: 1919

Honored Guest: 1919

Washington, D.C. "Thanksgiving 1919." Once this chilly-looking fellow is properly dressed and warmed up in the kitchen, he'll have an honored place at the family table. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Turkeys to Washington: 1929

Turkeys to Washington: 1929

November 26, 1929. "Thanksgiving turkeys for the President." Two feathered and one automotive. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Smell the Bird: 1937

Smell the Bird: 1937

Dec. 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Correct way to bake turkey. H.E. McClure, of the Bureau of Husbandry, tests the turkey meat for odor." With this pungent image, Shorpy begins his seventh holiday season online and wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Five Across: 1910

Five Across: 1910

1910. "Grade separation under construction, probably upstate New York." Bring the family, and hold onto Junior! Maybe the rail historians out there can pinpoint where we are. 5x7 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 
 
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