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Vintage photos of:
"Homcy Wedding. Oct. 21, 1956." Found 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.
December 1941. Goodyear Aircraft, Akron, Ohio. "Formerly an aircraft dock, this huge building, thought to be the largest in the world with no interior supports, is now the scene of many busy shops turning out aircraft parts. Either new housing close to the plant or vastly improved public transportation will eventually have to be supplied, for the tires on the cars of the workers, and perhaps even the cars themselves, will in many instances give in before the end of the present emergency." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
October 23, 1914. "Clark." I just know there's someone out there who can tell us exactly who this is. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. [Update: Clark (actually Clarke) was, in the words of the New York Times, the "brilliant freshman quarterback" who played for Brown University against Cornell at the Polo Grounds on October 24, 1914. No first name though.]