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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Daddy's Boy: 1933

Daddy's Boy: 1933

1933. "Vincent P. Ahearn Jr., portrait." The Ahearns lived at 7324 Hampden Lane in Bethesda, Maryland. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Old Patent Office: 1865

Old Patent Office: 1865

Washington, D.C. "Old Patent Office model room (1861-65)." Wet-plate glass negative from the Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Drama Club: 1864

Drama Club: 1864

August 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Essayons Dramatic Club, a group of the U.S. Engineer Battalion." From photos of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

From the Army Corps of Engineers Web site: For more than a century the Corps of Engineers had its own drama club. The Essayons Dramatic Club, one of the oldest amateur theatrical production companies in the U.S., was founded Jan. 27, 1864 by the Engineer Battalion, then serving with the Army of the Potomac and wintering at Brandy Station, Va. The battalion built a small theater and organized an orchestra, and Feb. 26 the troupe presented "Toodles," its first play.

 

Military Exercise: 1917

Military Exercise: 1917

1917 or 1918. "Military training." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Mother: 1933

Mother: 1933

1933. "Mrs. Vincent P. Ahearn, portrait." Mr. Ahearn was executive secretary of the Industrial Sand Association. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Y.W.C.A.: 1919

Y.W.C.A.: 1919

1919. "Young Women's Christian Association. Scenes at YWCA camp." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Sleeping Beauty: 1910

Sleeping Beauty: 1910

Washington circa 1910. "Congress Heights Dramatic Club." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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