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

Songbird: 1921

Songbird: 1921

One of three circa 1921 glass negatives in the Bain archive labeled "Orloff." Who can identify this diaphanously draped mystery girl? The photo would have been taken in or around New York. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Tiller Girls: 1926

Tiller Girls: 1926

New York, 1926. "Tiller girls." Arriving from England, 16 chorus girls in the troupe originated by British musical-theater impresario and precision-dancing pioneer John Tiller. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain. View full size.

 

Suffrage Caravan: 1913

Suffrage Caravan: 1913

New York, August 1913. "Suffragettes on hike to Boston." Our third look at the suffrage caravan. On the right in white is Elizabeth Freeman, probably with her fellow suffragist travelers Elsie MacKenzie and Vera Wentworth. The lady with the sash might be Elizabeth Worth Mueller, their chaperon. The horse, if it's the same one who conveyed Elizabeth on a previous escapade, was a steed of artistic temperament (he liked sunsets and the color yellow) named Lausanne, who cost $59.98. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Tambourine Woman: 1913

Tambourine Woman: 1913

New York, August 1913. "Suffragettes on way to Boston." Our second look at the "suffrage caravan" campaign for women's voting rights. Which seems to have drawn quite a crowd. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Equal Pay for Equal Work: 1913

Equal Pay for Equal Work: 1913

New York, August 1913. "Suffragettes on way to Boston." At the reins: Miss Elizabeth Freeman, traveling with Misses Elsie MacKenzie and Vera Wentworth, plus a hurdy-gurdy and several carrier pigeons; details of their caravan are here. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Everywhere a Sign: 1912

Everywhere a Sign: 1912

February 23, 1912. "Three-ton electric sign blown into Broadway." Our second look at the toppled sign in front of a railroad ticket office and Hepner's Hair Emporium. From the New York Times account the 100 mph gale: "An electric sign, 100 by 200 feet, on the roof of the Kohn Building, just south of the Hotel Knickerbocker, caught one of the worst puffs of the big wind and toppled over into Times Square. A policeman, who had just darted into the store on the ground floor to warn those within that the sign was coming down, barely escaped it as it fell. The sign, weighing nearly two tons, crashed over into the street, still clasped hinge-like to its moorings at the bent base, while the top, crumbling into the street, shattered to bits a large plateglass window in the Lehigh Valley Railroad's office on the ground floor." George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

John Dempsey: 1909

John Dempsey: 1909

April 1909. Fiskeville, Rhode Island. "John Dempsey (looked 11 or 12). Said he helped only on Saturdays. Jackson Mill. He was working faithfully in the mule-spinning room, a dangerous place for boys." View full size. Almost 100 years after Lewis Hine took this photo, Joe Manning has tracked down John's son James, who is only 59, and conducted a fascinating (as usual) interview.

 
 
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