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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Saturday Matinee: 1925

Saturday Matinee: 1925

1925. Sidney Lust's Leader Theater at 507 Ninth Street NW in Washington, D.C. Now playing: "The Air Mail," starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and an "Our Gang" short. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size | Even bigger.

 

Just Getting Warmed Up: 1941

Just Getting Warmed Up: 1941

November 1941. Youngstown, Ohio. "Slag runoff from open-hearth furnace. Republic Steel Corporation." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Agua Fria: 1940

Agua Fria: 1940

May 1940. "Young migratory agricultural workers singing at the Saturday night dance. Agua Fria migratory labor camp, Arizona." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Shantytown Baby: 1936

Shantytown Baby: 1936

December 1936. "Mrs. Charles Benning and baby in their shack home at Shantytown. Spencer, Iowa." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee.

 

Old Reliable: 1942

Old Reliable: 1942

June 1942. Fort Knox, Kentucky. "Infantryman with halftrack. A young soldier sights his Garand rifle like an old-timer. He likes the piece for its fine firing qualities and its rugged, dependable mechanism." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Shot in the Dark: 1909

A Shot in the Dark: 1909

January 1909. Billiard champion Calvin Demarest in New York, seven years before his prematurely reported death. From his 1916 obituary, headlined "Calvin Demarest Dead -- Noted Billard Player Expires in Illinois Insane Asylum": CHICAGO, Feb. 22. Calvin S. Demarest, former amateur champion billiard player and later a professional, died at the Elgin Asylum for the Insane last night. Demarest suffered a nervous breakdown last June and attacked his wife with a knife. She was saved from serious injury by Demarest's mother. The billiardist was taken for treatment to a rest cure, but failed to improve and was removed to the asylum. As it turned out, Calvin was very much alive. In 1925, though, he died before his time. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Eastern v. Central: 1923

Eastern v. Central: 1923

November 3, 1923. High school football in Washington, D.C.: Eastern vs. Central. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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