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

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.

 

Army Surplus: 1919

Army Surplus: 1919

1919. The caption for this is the same as for the peas photo: "Buying Army food sold at fish market." Though the goods here seem to be blankets. View full size.

 

War and Peas: 1919

War and Peas: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Buying Army surplus food sold at fish market." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Crystal Glass Casket: 1920

Crystal Glass Casket: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Crystal Glass Casket Co., exterior." The offices of Crystal Glass Casket ("Let us tell you why 90 per cent of the people will Demand Glass Caskets") at 605 15th Street N.W., "directly opposite U.S. Treasury." This was the start of a "business opportunity" that ended with predictable if not entertaining results -- a million-dollar swindle, indictments for stock fraud, conspiracy and bribery, and trials that dragged through the courts for years. National Photo Company Collection crystal glass negative. View full size.

 

El Verso: 1920

El Verso: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "George W. Cochran & Co., 709 14th Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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