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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Made for Walkin': 1937

Made for Walkin': 1937

June 16, 1937. "Walk 800 miles to attend Boy Scout Jamboree. Two Venezuelan Boy Scouts, Rafael Angel Petit, left, and Juan Carmona, examining their boots after tramping 25 miles a day for two years in order to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington. They left Caracas Jan. 11, 1935, arriving in Washington today." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tri-County Co-op: 1940

Tri-County Co-op: 1940

September 1940. "Customers entering Tri-County Farmers Co-op Market in Du Bois, Pennsylvania." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Streets of Baltimore: 1940

Streets of Baltimore: 1940

"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Modern Kitchen: 1920

The Modern Kitchen: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Kitchen of Ernest G. Walker," newspaperman and real-estate developer. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gas Administered: 1919

Gas Administered: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "S.B. Johnston, dentist, interior." Have a seat and make yourself comfortable. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Motorcycle Mama: 1937

Motorcycle Mama: 1937

September 15, 1937. "First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Although she weighs only 88 pounds -- one-third of the machine she rides, Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club -- the only girl ever to be accorded this honor." View full size.

 

Film Noir: 1941

Film Noir: 1941

January 1941. "Foggy night in New Bedford, Massachusetts." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano. Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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