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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

The Motor Fire Engine: 1913

The Motor Fire Engine: 1913

"Under the hood of the motor fire engine" with the New York Fire Department circa 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. The truck seems to be a Robinson. What's the big bulby thing?

 

Testing Fire Engines: 1913

Testing Fire Engines: 1913

"Testing Fire Engines" in New York City, September 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Scouting Outing: 1917

Scouting Outing: 1917

"Boy Scouts as Bond Workers." June 4, 1917, across the street from Voss & Stern in New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Traffic Squad Parade: 1908

Traffic Squad Parade: 1908

Traffic Squad Parade, November 5, 1908. Mayor George McClellan alighting from auto on the plaza at Union Square. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. "Max" McClellan, New York mayor from 1904 to 1909, was the son of Civil War general George B. McClellan.

 

ZR-1: 1923

ZR-1: 1923

The Navy airship ZR-1 (USS Shenandoah) under construction in 1922-23 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey. The 680-foot, 36-ton zeppelin, the first rigid airship to use helium rather than hydrogen, broke up in a storm over Ohio in 1925 with a loss of 14 lives. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Silk Giant: 1923

Silk Giant: 1923

August 25, 1923. The Navy airship ZR-1 in its hangar at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Long Tail: 1923

The Long Tail: 1923

The airship ZR-1 leaving its hangar at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey in 1923. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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