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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Y.M.C.A. Yankees: 1920

Y.M.C.A. Yankees: 1920

Washington, D.C. "Y.M.C.A. Yankees basketball team, 1920." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Hopkins Titanafram: 1926

Hopkins Titanafram: 1926

"Washington, D.C., Industrial Exposition 1926. Hopkins Titanafram." Here's a fascinating glimpse back to a time when titanaframs were the size of sombreros. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

New Jersey Luncheonette

New Jersey Luncheonette

Another New Jersey luncheonette circa 1955-1957. View full size.

Orange Crush: 1926

Orange Crush: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Industrial Exposition. Orange Crush." A literally moldy oldie. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. If you're a fan of these Washington Industrial Expo photos, stay tuned.

 

Watch the Birdie: 1955

Watch the Birdie: 1955

One of my brother's high school classmates. With his Rolleicord, cable release, tripod, light meter and box of Sylvania Superflash flashbulbs, he's obvioulsly the school's go-to guy for photography. The white thing hanging on the tripod is a program for the senior play, "George Washington Slept Here," and he's here in the gym/auditorium to shoot a dress rehearsal. So's my brother, unofficially, with a roll of Ektachrome in his camera. This is a double-exposure, first shot without flash, explaining the phantom images around the bulbs and on the flash unit mount. Doesn't explain why there's a roll of Life Savers in the flash unit, though. Does add a little color interest to it, however. Oh, and I love his clothes, seriously. View full size.

Washington Maytag: 1926

Washington Maytag: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Maytag Co. display at Industrial Exposition." 8x10 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Arlington Brewing: 1920

Arlington Brewing: 1920

Arlington Brewing Co. circa 1920. An 8x10 glass negative that would leave your fancy-schmancy digtal SLR crying for its mommy. View full size. Nat'l Photo.

 
 
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