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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Sgt. Jiggs: 1925

Sgt. Jiggs: 1925

April 14, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Miss Mae Esterly with Sgt. Jiggs." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Green Cars: 1920

Green Cars: 1920

"Trew Motor Co. interior." Circa 1920, the Reo automobile showroom (and conservatory) in Joseph Trew's new three-story building at 14th and P Streets N.W. in Washington. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

America: 1910

America: 1910

Oct. 15, 1910. "Wellman airship seen from Trent." Walter Wellman's hydrogen dirigible America just before being abandoned by its crew near Bermuda, 1,370 miles into an attempt to cross the Atlantic from New Jersey. Its engines having failed, the America drifted out of sight, never to be seen again. View full size.

 

Electric George: 1916

Electric George: 1916

Washington, D.C., circa 1916. "George Parezo Electric Shop, 808 Ninth Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Top Gun: 1921

Top Gun: 1921

Circa 1921. Cutaway model of an F5L flying boat at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

F5L Flying Boat: 1921

F5L Flying Boat: 1921

1921 or 1922. "Aeroplane exhibit, museum." For a closeup of the sign click here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Charleston: 1865

Charleston: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. View from roof of Orphan Asylum. The Citadel in middle distance." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereo pair, photographer unknown. View full size.

 
 
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