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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Mission Trails: 1942

Mission Trails: 1942

It's 1942 and we're back in San Francisco for another look at one of the many fine establishments made even finer by the installation of Buckley Music System's "Music Box." The eatery is Andy Wong's "Fair Famous" Mission Trails Restaurant, Harvey Lum, manager, at 500 Sutter Street. Close your eyes and you can practically hear Padre tolling the mission bell while the brothers pound out their tortillas. 8x10 inch acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Beauty Cafe: 1937

Beauty Cafe: 1937

1937. "Tavern, Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

If I Had a Trailer: 1921

If I Had a Trailer: 1921

May 1921. Washington, D.C. "Charles Seeger, a composer, is a brother of Alan Seeger, the war poet. His wife is a distinguished violinist." And their baby boy will grow up to be folk legend Pete Seeger. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

        Ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger, seated in automobile, with family, standing, L-R: wife Constance Seeger, concert violinist, holding son Pete (1919-2014), and sons John and Charles. The family is ready to leave Washington, D.C., for their 1921 "trailer trip" musical expedition to bring classical music to rural areas.

 

Open Office: 1955

Open Office: 1955

January 25, 1955. "Becton Dickinson, Rutherford, New Jersey. Mr. Becton's office. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Buffalo Dredging: 1905

Buffalo Dredging: 1905

Circa 1905. "Waterworks and Niagara River, Buffalo, N.Y." Panorama made from three 8x10 inch glass negatives. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Future Flappers: 1923

Future Flappers: 1923

Washington, D.C. "Girls at Potomac Tidal Basin bathing beach pavilion, 5/28/23." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bucket Brigade: 1923

Bucket Brigade: 1923

August 1923. Washington, D.C. "Dump story." The past is a bucket of ashes. Or a pail of water. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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