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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1914. "National Museum. Flags -- huge American flag." The tattered flag that flew over Fort McHenry, immortalized by Francis Scott Key in "The Star-Spangled Banner." Guarded by that heroic squid from the rarely sung fifth stanza. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
As an alternative to Black Friday, we present Gray Saturday. More specifically, the first day of December 62 years ago:
Dec. 1, 1951. "Shopping center, Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Wanamaker's." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.