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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHÂTEAU FRONTENAC, QUÉBEC

Mead's Model Market: 1927

Mead's Model Market: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Semmes Motor Company. Mead Market truck." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Boat Club Rowers: 1919

Boat Club Rowers: 1919

September 20, 1919. "Potomac Boat Club eight." On the river at the old Aqueduct Bridge. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hendrick Motor Co.: 1928

Hendrick Motor Co.: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Hendrick Motor Co., Carroll Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Beach Buggy: 1905

Beach Buggy: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "At Atlantic City." In the background: Clabby's baths on the boardwalk. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

'Round the Deck: 1971

'Round the Deck: 1971

As I write this, we here in sunny California are experiencing our first big rain of the season, so I submit this as a farewell to summer and its Kodachrome-blue skies. My father, enjoying the fruits of his labors: the deck, the arbor, the stairs, the lattice fence, and of course, the garden. Actually, this is late spring, so the area along the fence is not the riot of color it would have been a couple months earlier. The flat appears to be sprouting a new batch of bedding plants, however. On the second step up, the black cylindrical object is the case for the fish-eye attachment I used for this shot. View full size.

Gunboat Diplomacy: 1905

Gunboat Diplomacy: 1905

Venezuela circa 1900-1905. "American fleet at La Guaira." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

1,568 Questions

1,568 Questions

April 27, 1937. "Capitol's busiest policeman. Besides being an arm of the law, a Capitol policeman has to also act as an information bureau. Frank Foley, officer on duty at the entrance of the Senate office building from 8 to 4, kept a record today of the number of questions asked him. At the end of his day's hitch the total showed 1,568 questions asked, and answered correctly and with a smile, if we must believe Mr. Foley. Miss Mildred Aitken of Brooklyn, N.Y., is the pretty sightseer in this picture, receiving directions from officer Foley." View full size.

 
 
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