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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Zeke and Philip: 1909

Zeke and Philip: 1909

May 1909. Somersworth, New Hampshire. "Lefthand boy Zeke Gosselin, 95 Main Street. Been in mill one year. Other boy Philip Lesard, 68 Elm Street. Been in mill three years. Working in Great Falls Manufacturing Co." View full size.

 

Health Food: 1928

Health Food: 1928

Circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium, dietetic kitchen. Takoma Park, Maryland." Bon appetit! National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Back Alley: 1914

Back Alley: 1914

District of Columbia, 1914. "Alley clearance. Slum views." A scene that I don't imagine would have changed much since the 19th century except for the utility pole. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Inbox: 1912

Inbox: 1912

"Post Office Dept. Hupp Auto Railway Service." The download part of the Hupp mail-transfer system. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fast Mail: 1912

Fast Mail: 1912

"1912. Post Office. Hupp Automatic Railway Service." Another look at the Hupp system for mail transfer to and from a moving train, this being the upload part. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Class Project: 1919

Class Project: 1919

Georgetown, D.C., circa 1919. Our second look today at the morose moppets of the Lee School, one of whom seems to have a black eye. (Alternate title: "An Addams Family Education.") National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Dance Class: 1919

Dance Class: 1919

"William Lee's School, Georgetown," ca. 1919. Come closer, Mr. Photographer ... just a little closer ... National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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