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

Slush Hour: 1916

Slush Hour: 1916

Washington, D.C., in a circa 1916 time exposure. "Corner of 7th and F northwest." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, 8x10 inches. View full size.

 

My Weakly Reader: 1964

My Weakly Reader: 1964

A Sunday morning circa 1964. I would fetch the Sunday paper so my father could read me the funnies. "Peanuts" and "Dennis the Menace" were my favorites. It is probably winter -- my "footy" pajamas would have been necessary in East Texas only in the coldest months. The house was built in 1957. Note the casement window crank and the Danish Modern headboard. I wish I still had my dad's Eames recliner and some of my mother's "mod" furniture. Polaroid scan. View full size.

Wintry Mix: 1922

Wintry Mix: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Blizzard, January 28, 1922." The same lovely ladies we saw perched on a snowbank a few days ago. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Columbia U: 1897

Columbia U: 1897

"Columbia College, New York." The Low Memorial Library in a circa 1897 shot of Columbia University's Morningside Heights campus. Note the steamroller (or whatever that is) to the right. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Harry and Sallie: 1908

Harry and Sallie: 1908

October 1908. Grafton, West Virginia. "Harry and Sallie. Driver in Maryland Coal Co. Mine near Sand Lick. Was afraid to be photo'd because we might make him go to school. Probably 12 years old." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Culpeper Court House: 1862

Culpeper Court House: 1862

August 1862. "Culpeper Court House, Virginia. Federal soldiers and wounded Negro." Wet-plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Young Pete: 1913

Young Pete: 1913

November 1913. Huntsville, Alabama. "Pete Henson, 414 C Street. Mother said he was 12 two months ago, but has been sweeping in the Merrimack Mill for seven months, so he began at 11 years. Brother Edward said to be 13 years, but doubtful. Mother said they had no Family Record here and gave me ages from memory." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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