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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Cigar Store: 10 for 25¢

Cigar Store: 10 for 25¢

Another view of the Primadora cigar shop, with a lunchroom, furrier, carpenter and men's clothier as neighbors. View full size. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

Waldman's Music: 1921

Waldman's Music: 1921

Another view of the Waldman's music store in Manhattan from 1921, showing records, listening booths and Victrolas. The inscription on the negative also says "N.Y. B'd Inst. Co." View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Talking Machines: 1920

Talking Machines: 1920

The Owens & Beers record shop at 81 Chambers Street in New York circa 1915-1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

His Master's Voice: 1921

His Master's Voice: 1921

Waldman's music store in New York, May 1921. A nice selection of records and Victrolas, with Nipper keeping an eye on things. Does anyone know where this was? View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Are You in the Possession?

Are You in the Possession?

April 1941. "Sign outside of church in the Black Belt, Chicago." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam, Farm Security Administration.

 

Soul + Food: 1941

Soul + Food: 1941

April 1941. Storefront church and adjacent lunch wagon in the Chicago Black Belt. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam.

 

Federal Yeast: 1941

Federal Yeast: 1941

Chicago street scene, April 1941. Papers littering the sidewalk are "policy slips." ["Policy" was a lottery gambling system once common in some black communities.] View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam.

 
 
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