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

Golden Girl: 1926

Golden Girl: 1926

"Miss Marjorie Joesting, August 2, 1926." Our third look at Marjorie, a Miss Washington, D.C., who was runner-up at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Crackerbox: 1940

Crackerbox: 1940

January 1940. "Family living in a 'crackerbox' slum tenement in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Mauch Chunk: 1940

Mauch Chunk: 1940

August 1940. "Polish family living on High Street in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania." Medium format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

Pittsburgh: 1940

Pittsburgh: 1940

January 1940. "Long stairway in mill district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

Measurements: 1937

Measurements: 1937

July 23, 1937. "To enable fathers and mothers to order clothes with the confidence that a size 8 or 10 is all it's supposed to be in length and breadth, the Bureau of Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is leading a project in which colleges and universities will cooperate to discover the clothing dimensions needed by today's children. Special attention is being paid to racial characteristics, as the experts believe that race and neighborhood have something to do with a youngster's size. Dr. Eleanor Hunt, associate anthropometrist, Bureau of Home Economics, is shown training one of the first classes on scientific measurement of the human body." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wrappin' With Mamie: 1937

Wrappin' With Mamie: 1937

1937. "Little did Mrs. Mark Bristol realize when she baked, Virginia style, a couple of hams for friends a few years ago that it would eventually develop into a lucrative business for her. The flavor of the hams so intrigued the friends that they passed the word on to others, and as a result Mrs. Bristol now bakes thousands of hams every year in her kitchen on fashionable Massachusetts Avenue and ships them to all parts of the world. Even the Duke of Windsor is now one of her best customers. It takes Mrs. Bristol four days to prepare a ham according to her specially formulated recipe. It is first soaked and simmered for days, and then while baking, it is sprinkled with cloves, pineapple and basted with sherry, brandy or applejack. The hams are originally obtained from a special farm in Virginia where they have been smoked in the real Dixie manner. Mrs. Bristol frequently inspects the ham while is it in the simmering process. Her Virginia cook and first assistant, Mamie, wraps the meat." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Made in America: 1937

Made in America: 1937

June 9, 1937. "Congress sees model of new proposed American-designed dirigible. Rep. Edward A. Kenney (right) of New Jersey, Chairman of the House Interstate Commerce Committee, viewing a model of a new American designed dirigible displayed at the Capitol today. Roland B. Respess, President of the Respess Aeronautical Engineering Corp., is pointing out the features of the ship to the House member. The House Interstate Subcommittee is hearing the witness on a bill recently introduced to authorize the loan of $12 million for constructing two eight-million-cubic-foot dirigible airships, a large American airship plane, and Atlantic operating terminal with a view toward establishing twice-a-week Trans-Atlantic airship service." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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