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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

For Sale: 1920

For Sale: 1920

"Washington Times. 4721 Georgia Avenue N.W." Circa 1920 comes this picture taken for a real-estate ad. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Semmes Motor Co.: 1925

Semmes Motor Co.: 1925

The parts department of Semmes Motor Company in Washington circa 1925. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Influenza Pandemic: 1919

Influenza Pandemic: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

All Nurse Band: 1920

All Nurse Band: 1920

Circa 1920. "Emergency Hospital group." Uniformed Authority Figure Week continues at Shorpy! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bed Race: 1919

Bed Race: 1919

1919. "Fourth of July. Scenes in celebration at Walter Reed Hospital." The ever-popular Competitive Napping event, maybe. Or would this demonstration have another purpose? Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Home Again: 1918

Home Again: 1918

"Army soldiers, Walter Reed Hospital." Back from the trenches in Washington, D.C., circa 1918. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Government in Action: 1917

Government in Action: 1917

1917. "Walter Camp exercise school. Cabinet officials exercising with other government officials." This seems to have been a manifestation of the "defense league" movement led by former Yale footballer Walter Camp. Anyone up for some miniature base(ket)ball? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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