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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Oysters Hot Waffles: 1920

Oysters Hot Waffles: 1920

Circa 1920. "Herald, Seventh and H streets N.E." Continuing our culinary tour of the nation's capital, we present the New Olive Cafe, next door to H. Bennett, Barber, and Blechman's Fashion Shop. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Napoleon's Pastry Shop: 1924

Napoleon's Pastry Shop: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Cathedral Mansions, bakery," 3000 Connecticut Avenue. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Summertime: 1936

Summertime: 1936

August 1936. "Scenes at the auto trailer camp. Dennis Port, Mass." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Christmas 1959

Christmas 1959

In 1959, my engineer father was, as his expression shows, not happy that a part to my brother's new magic set was not working by late Christmas morning. This was my second picture with the Argus C-Twenty camera I received that day so long ago. For $29.95, the camera kit came with one 20-exposure roll of Kodachrome daylight, six No. 5 blue flashbulbs, plug-in flash gun, and a slide previewer. My parents spent an extra $4.79 for the top-grain leather case. For some reason, they never discarded the Fall-Winter 1959 Montgomery-Ward catalog in which the camera was featured. The catalog is now in my home. The camera served me well through high school, college and beyond. View full size.

I Could Just Dye: 1937

I Could Just Dye: 1937

July 10, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Testing cosmetics for the government. Mrs. R. Goodman is shown sitting with Mrs. C.R. West applying dye for the hair. Some dyes contain lead and the poison in the dye may lead to chronic poisoning. The Department of Agriculture is continually on the lookout for false labels and advertising." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Scouting Outing: 1937

Scouting Outing: 1937

May 1937. "Boy Scout Jamboree. Boy Scouts sightseeing on Capitol Transit buses." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bound Brook: 1936

Bound Brook: 1936

February 1936. "Street in Bound Brook, New Jersey, showing crowded conditions." Medium-format nitrate negative by Carl Mydans. View full size

 
 
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