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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

Punching Bag: 1918

Punching Bag: 1918

Washington circa 1918. "P.O. Dept., mail bags." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Ninety-Nine: 1943

Ninety-Nine: 1943

January 1943. Trampas, New Mexico. "Grandfather Romero, a member of the family of Juan Lopez, the majordomo, is ninety-nine years old." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Triptych: 1917

Triptych: 1917

Arlington, Virginia, circa 1917. "Radio." Masts for the Navy's wireless station, built in 1912 at Fort Myer. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Spencer Daily Reporter: 1936

Spencer Daily Reporter: 1936

December 1936. "Street scene. Spencer, Iowa." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Capitol Newsies: 1912

Capitol Newsies: 1912

April 11, 1912. Washington, D.C. "Group of newsies selling on Capitol steps. Tony Passaro, 8 yrs. old, 124 Schottes Alley N.E.; Dan Mercurio, 9 yrs. old, a chronic truant, 150 Schottes Alley; said he made 8 cents to-day. Joseph Tucci, 10 years old, 411½ 5th St. N.E.; Peter Pepe, 10 yrs. old, 24 Wonders Court; John Carlino, 11 yrs. old." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Avenue Grand: 1920

Avenue Grand: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Crandall's Avenue Grand," 645 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. Now playing: "Dangerous to Men." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Georgetown vs. Marines: 1923

Georgetown vs. Marines: 1923

Oct. 6, 1923. "Georgetown-Marines game." National Photo Co. View full size.

 
 
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