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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Runaway: 1916

Runaway: 1916

        Runaways -- real ones, calculated to make your hair stand on end -- will be caught by members of the Traffic Squad. -- N.Y. Times

June 24, 1916. "Police show at Sheepshead Bay Speedway -- rescuing woman from runaway horse." A benefit for "widows and orphans of the men whose names are carried on the Honor Roll." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Driver Ed: 1941

Driver Ed: 1941

August 1941. "Tank driver. Fort Belvoir, Virginia." Medium format negative by John Collier. Office of War Information photo collection. View full size.

 

Grand Trunk Station: 1905

Grand Trunk Station: 1905

Portland, Maine, circa 1905. "Grand Trunk Station, India Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Proceed With Caution: 1923

Proceed With Caution: 1923

San Francisco circa 1923. "Stutz roadster at Golden Gate Park." Piloted by the lady last seen here. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Day Trippers: 1906

Day Trippers: 1906

Circa 1906. "Suburban station at Petoskey, Michigan." A locomotive of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad, with a car bearing the names of Little Traverse Bay and Crooked and Walloon Lakes. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The Electric Faucet: 1908

The Electric Faucet: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Wood Street, looking east." Showing a rare example of the Edison Spigot. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Two If by Sea: 1915

Two If by Sea: 1915
THE SIGNAL LANTERNS OF

PAUL REVERE

DISPLAYED IN THE STEEPLE OF THIS CHURCH
APRIL 18 1775
WARNED THE COUNTRY OF THE MARCH
OF THE BRITISH TROOPS TO

LEXINGTON AND CONCORD.

Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1915. "Christ Church (Old North)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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