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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Elmwood (Front): 1941

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Elmwood (Front): 1941

Main house at Elmwood, a pre-Revolutionary plantation in Essex County, Virginia, photographed in 1941 for the Historic American Buildings Survey. The 1852 Victorian stair tower to the left of the main entrance was removed in a 1950s restoration of the house, which was built around 1770. View full size. For a view of the house after it was restored click here.

 

Elmwood (Rear): 1941

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Elmwood (Rear): 1941

Rear view of the main house at Elmwood, the 1770s Garnett family estate in Essex County, Virginia, near Loretto. View full size. Photographed in 1941 for the Historic American Buildings Survey. House and grounds restored in the 1950s.

 

Nature Boys: 1908

Nature Boys: 1908

"Boys camped at Wyndygoul, the camp of the Pocatopog tribe" circa 1908. View full size. 8x10 glass plate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Wyndygoul War Dance: 1908

Wyndygoul War Dance: 1908

Wyndygoul Council and War Dance at Medicine Rock circa 1908. Wyndygoul, aka the "camp of the Pocatopog tribe," was the Cos Cob, Connecticut, estate of writer-naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Woodcraft Indian movement, and one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. View full size. 8x10 glass plate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Deer Hunters: 1908

The Deer Hunters: 1908

Deer hunt at Wyndygoul circa 1908. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Moon River: 1935

Moon River: 1935

Three boys diving from mudbank circa 1935, location unknown. View full size. 5x7 safety film negative, Acme News Photo archive, Library of Congress.

 

Gamecocks: 1937

Gamecocks: 1937

December 1937. Gamecocks in the training arena in Puerto Rico. View full size. Photograph by Edwin Rosskam, Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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