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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Dinner at ∞

Dinner at ∞

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Main dining room, Fort William Henry Hotel." Two for dinner? Excellent. But there's a wait. View full size.

 

Weird Optical Illusion

Not sure how this picture became so distorted. The chair, front right is leaning downhill along with the floor, yet the top of the chair appears level.

The fire hose is a nice touch, if inelegant.

Or perhaps it's for cleaning up in a hurry.

Table with a view?

Sorry, we're all out.

Vanishing Point

Don't go into the light!

There oughta be a prize!

Best. Photo title. Ever.

 
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