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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

United Shoe: 1931

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United Shoe: 1931

1931. "Boston skyline view -- United Shoe Machinery Corp. Bldg., Custom House Tower, etc." Yes, there really is an enormous Art Deco skyscraper called the United Shoe Machinery building, and it still stands. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Columbus Courthouse: 1904

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Columbus Courthouse: 1904

1904. "Courthouse -- Columbus, O." Continuing today's Columbian theme. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Circa 1905. "Caravels and La Rabida (Sanitarium for Children), Jackson Park, Chicago. Replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria that participated in the World's Columbian Exposition." Note the hand-propelled trike. Happy Columbus Day from Shorpy! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Ready to Rumble: 1928

Ready to Rumble: 1928

"1928 Hudson." Somewhere in the Bay Area. Pass me the flask, will you? (And who's driving this rig?) 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Farm to Table: 1960

Farm to Table: 1960

Amelia County, Virginia, in the early 1960s. Sunday dinner at the Miller house, with the farm of Marvin and Thelma Warriner in the background. Photo by Helen Warriner-Burke. View full size.

Captive Cacti: 1905

Captive Cacti: 1905

Pittsburgh circa 1905. "Cacti, Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park." The Devil's Pin Cushion and other visitors to Pennsylvania. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Make Way for Trucklings!

Make Way for Trucklings!

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore. Girl driver on a supply truck." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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