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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Standing Room Only: 1903

Standing Room Only: 1903

Boston, 1903. "London honorables entering Trinity Church (Copley Square)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wash Walker: 1939

Wash Walker: 1939

        For millions of women across America in the first half of the 20th century, working from home might mean "taking in wash" for another family.

November 1939. "Negro woman carrying laundry home along highway between Durham and Mebane, North Carolina." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Ducts in a Row: 1934

Ducts in a Row: 1934

June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. Supply fan room." Part of the Nebraska Oratory Exhaust System (NOES), designed to expel hot air from the legislative chamber. 5x7 negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Plexiglas Pontiac: 1940

The Plexiglas Pontiac: 1940

        Another look at the Pontiac "Ghost Car" seen here.

June 11, 1940. "General Motors exhibit at Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Transparent Car with Pontiac Chassis and Body by Fisher." 8x10 Agfa negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Low Noon: 1952

Low Noon: 1952

November 1, 1952. "Chicago framed by Gothic stonework high in the Tribune Tower. This view of Chicago's downtown shows the low-lying smog which blanketed the area one recent morning. In the foreground is the well-known Wrigley Building." Underwood & Underwood photo. View full size.

 

Newark Newsies: 1909

Newark Newsies: 1909

        Text Updates 1.0 -- street urchins hawking broadsheets.

December 1909. "Some of Newark's small newsboys. Afternoon." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

See Grand Caverns: 1930

See Grand Caverns: 1930

Circa 1930. "Vice President Curtis at Capitol with steam car." Which, as evidenced by the news item below, encountered a bit of trouble during its stop in Washington. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

Auto Locomotive Leads to Arrest

Man to Be Tried for Using Car
For Advertising Railroad.

The Washington Post -- May 17, 1930

        Albert E. Lentz, of 501 Twelfth street northwest, will be tried in Police Court next Thursday on charges of using a motor vehicle for advertising purposes and of driving an automobile with view obstructed.
        The latter charge was placed against the man after traffic officials had inspected the vehicle, a locomotive on an automobile chassis, at the Traffic Bureau. The vehicle, which is used to advertise the Norfolk & Western Railway and the Grand Caverns of the Shenandoah Valley, was driven to the Police Court Building and was inspected by Judge Isaac R. Hitt before the case was continued.
        Lentz was arrested yesterday morning on Madison Place Northwest by Sergt. Milton D. Smith and Policeman J.R. LeFoe, both of the Traffic Bureau.

 
 
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