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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

On the Table: 1921

On the Table: 1921

Circa 1921, the mysterious Miss Orloff again. For this second of three portraits in the Bain archive, she's thrown on some actual clothes. If not dressed to the nines, she's at least up to the twos. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Home of Low Prices: 1922

Home of Low Prices: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "People's Drug Store No. 12, North Capitol and H." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative, 8 x 10 inches. View full size.

 

Stonestep: 1925

Stonestep: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Mrs. B.L. O'Leary house." The 2009 F Street N.W. residence of one Mrs. Bessie Lawton O'Leary, born Bessie Stanton Lawton, mother of Edwin Lawton O'Leary. The sign by the door reads "Stonestep -- Rooms, Meals." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Old King Coal: 1925

Old King Coal: 1925

Another view from 1925 of the W.H. Hessick & Son coal yard in Northeast Washington, D.C. By December 1925, the company had moved to 14th and Water Streets S.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hessick and Son: 1925

Hessick and Son: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Hessick & Son Coal Co." The company's catchy slogan: "Anthracite and Bituminous Coal in All Sizes (Furnace, Stove, Egg, Chestnut, Pea) for Immediate Delivery." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Steuart's Garage: 1920

Steuart's Garage: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Steuart's Garage, 12th Street N.E., exterior." Last week we saw the interior. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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