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Vintage photos of:
1865. "Petersburg, Virginia. Sections of chevaux-de-frise before Confederate main works." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photos compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge. View full size.
1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Breach patched with gabions on the north wall of Fort Sumter." From photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. Wet collodion glass plate negative, right half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photographs compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size.
"Montreal July 1954. Night on Catherine and Peel Streets." From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachrome slides. View full size. I don't know about you, but I'm heading right over to the Indian Room to meet Jack Delano for cocktails.
"Homcy Wedding. Oct. 21, 1956." Found 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.