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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A GOOD BOOK, c 1920s

Freddy and Harley: 1922

Freddy and Harley: 1922

"Fretwell, 1922." Fred "Freddy" Fretwell of Washington on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. National Photo Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Band of Brothers: 1865

Band of Brothers: 1865

"Soldier group, Federal Army." Circa 1865 wet-plate glass negative, location and photographer unknown. Library of Congress Civil War collection. View full size

 

Mysterious Fire: 1912

Mysterious Fire: 1912

May 24, 1912. "R.P. Andrews fire, 628 D Street N.W." Washington Post headline: "Mysterious Fire in R.P. Andrews Warehouse Does $75,000 Damage." The item goes on to say that the cause was thought to have been "wires connected with the electric elevator." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Girls With Guns: 1925

Girls With Guns: 1925

1925. "Girls' rifle team, University of Maryland." National Photo. View full size.

 

Bethlehem: 1935

Bethlehem: 1935

November 1935. "View of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania." Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Wake-Up Call: 1902

Wake-Up Call: 1902

1902. "Rip Van Winkle Hotel, Sleepy Hollow, Catskill Mountains, New York." Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative, 8x10 inches. View full size.

 

Man of Action: 1917

Man of Action: 1917

1917. Washington, D.C. "Edgar Rickard, executive assistant, U.S. Food Administration." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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