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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Auf Wiedersehen: 1917

Auf Wiedersehen: 1917

February 1917. "Count J.H. von Bernstorff, ambassador from Germany, leaving German Embassy." The scene at the embassy in Washington after Woodrow Wilson ended diplomatic relations with Germany, two months before the United States made its declaration of war. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Whiter House: 1915

The Whiter House: 1915

March 1915. "White House, scaffolding on North Portico and east side." As part of a "Clean-Up, Paint-Up" campaign sponsored by the Master House Painters and Decorators Association, the White House and Mount Vernon each got a fresh coat of paint. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Unknown Soldier: 1863

The Unknown Soldier: 1863

Circa 1861-1865. "Unknown location. Embalming surgeon at work on soldier's body. From photographs of artillery, place and date unknown." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Picket Fences: 1911

Picket Fences: 1911

August 1911. New Bedford, Mass. "Lewis Grace, 68 Acushnet Avenue. Probably 14. Works in drawing-in room." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Marilyn: 1947

Marilyn: 1947

Hollywood, February 1947. "Movie starlet Marilyn Monroe." And the world's luckiest phone book. Photograph by J.R. Eyerman. View full size.

The Experiment: 1923

The Experiment: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Woman scientist." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Pearl Harbor Burns: 1941

Pearl Harbor Burns: 1941

December 1941. "Pearl Harbor burns at Mare Island Navy Yard, California." Color transparency by J.R. Eyerman, Life photo archive. View full size.

 
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