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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Tog Klim?

Tog Klim?

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "James L. Owens & Sons, window." An elaborate display featuring Klim powdered milk. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Sanitarium: 1928

Sanitarium: 1928

1928. "Washington Sanitarium, Takoma Park. Operating room." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Can you say "lobotomy"?

 

Greek Tragedy: 1920

Greek Tragedy: 1920

"Greek murder." July 1920. Two victims of a bloody altercation involving a hatchet and revolver that left three people dead in a rooming house at 809 Ninth Street in Washington. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

Lord Baltimore No. 6

Lord Baltimore No. 6

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Lord Baltimore Filling Station No. 6, Connecticut Avenue and Ordway Street N.W." View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Happy Motoring: 1942

Happy Motoring: 1942

1942. "Cemetery at edge of Romney, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon for the Office of War Information.

 

Tak It Ezy: 1920

Tak It Ezy: 1920

A summer camp circa 1920 in the Washington, D.C., area. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

The Rainbow Market: 1955

The Rainbow Market: 1955

April 21, 1955. Inside the Rainbow Market in Larkspur, Calif. After my father sold his store in San Francisco, he worked here in one of our home town's two grocery stores for a few years. That's him in a white apron at the end of the aisle. The exterior of the building can be seen here. My brother also took this shot while he was at it, also on 35mm Tri-X. View full size.

 
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