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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

Men in White: 1923

Men in White: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Fussell-Young Ice Cream Co. trucks." I scream, you scream, etc. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Metz Master Six: 1920

Metz Master Six: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Lanza Motor Co. -- Greenwich Village Girls." Somewhere under this mass of pulchritude is the Metz Master Six automobile. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lanza Motors: 1920

Lanza Motors: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Lanza Motors Co., exterior, 14th Street." Lanza Motors sold a car called the Metz; neither would be long for this world -- a world whose sidewalks were trod by ectoplasmic pedestrians. View full size.

 

Live It Up: 1922

Live It Up: 1922

1922. Washington, D.C. The actress Kay Laurell again, five years before her premature curtain, with friends at the Potomac Tidal Basin. View full size.

 

Jocks in Socks: 1919

Jocks in Socks: 1919

Sept. 20, 1919. "Potomac Boat Club eight." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Yellow Dog Blues: 1919

Yellow Dog Blues: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "S. Kann Sons & Co. phonograph department." I count at least a dozen Nippers here, and one Yellow Dog. S. Kann Sons & Co. was a department store on Eighth and D streets at Pennsylvania Avenue ("the Busy Corner"). National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

American Girl: 1922

American Girl: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Kay Laurell, 1922." The star of stage and screen, Kay (reclining) was "an American girl who leaped from stenographer to Queen of Bohemia in a night ... she appears in magazine illustrations, and in the new salon pictures -- also on butchers' calendars, soap ads, and so on." Five years after this photo was taken, Kay was dead of pneumonia at age 37. View full size.

 
 
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