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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • RAY GUN WATER PISTOL, 1953

New Arrivals: 1920

New Arrivals: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Grant Six touring cars after unloading." Latest tenants in the Shorpy Garage of Ill-Fated Phaetons. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Native American Women: c.1895

Native American Women: c.1895

I sent a copy of this to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to find out if they could identify what tribe they may be from. The reply I received reads:

“There are not enough distinctive articles to make a positive tribal identification. However, the purses provide some distinction as coming from the plateau area of the country.”

I explained to them that the negative came from Denver so he must be referring to the Colorado Plateau. The tribes inhabiting that area today are the: Hopi, Havasupai, Hualapai, Kaibab Band of Paiute, Navajo, Ute, White Mountain Apache, Zuni.

Hopefully a Native American Shorpyite or someone educated in Native American cultures will be able to narrow it down a little further.

Scanned from the original 4x3 inch glass negative. View full size.

Rolling on the River: 1908

Rolling on the River: 1908

The Mississippi River circa 1908. "Steamboat landing and Union Station at St. Paul, Minnesota." Sidewheelers and sternwheelers on view include the Minnesota, Hiawatha, Idler, Wanderer II and F. Weyerhaeuser. View full size.

 

For the People: 1964

For the People: 1964

July 13, 1964. San Francisco. "Republican National Convention. Governor Mark Hatfield of Oregon delivering keynote address at Cow Palace." 35mm negative by Warren Leffler for U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 

Wizards for Goldwater: 1964

Wizards for Goldwater: 1964

July 12, 1964. "Ku Klux Klan members supporting Barry Goldwater's campaign for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California, as an African American man pushes signs back." 35mm negative by Warren K. Leffler for U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 

Mad Tidings: 1938

Mad Tidings: 1938

March 28, 1938. "Telegraphic protests against merger bill flood U.S. Senate. Extra messengers were needed today to deliver the thousands of telegrams protesting against the Government Reorganization Bill." 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Store House: 1928

Store House: 1928

Circa 1928. "Mrs. Ellis's store, Falmouth, Stafford County, Va." Welcome to the Nicotine & Caffeine Canteen. Photo by Frances B. Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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