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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • MONTSERRAT FUNICULAR RAILWAY, c. 1920

Tractor Expo: 1922

Tractor Expo: 1922

October 1922. Washington, D.C. "Fordson tractor exposition at Camp Meigs." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Florida Pines: 1905

Florida Pines: 1905

Circa 1905. "In the pine woods, Florida." Who can direct us to I-95? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Can-Can: 1943

Can-Can: 1943

January 1943. "Edgell tomato cannery, New South Wales, Australia." Medium format negative for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

To the Rescue: 1925

To the Rescue: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "California State Automobile Association -- Emergency Road Service motorcycle." Perhaps an adjunct to the Broken Glass Depart­ment. 8x10 acetate negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Choking the Chicken: 1943

Choking the Chicken: 1943

August 1943. "Middle River, Md. Farm Security Administration housing for Glenn L. Martin aircraft plant workers" is the general caption for this group of photos by John Collier. Unfortunately there are no specifics as to what exactly is going on here. Comments now open for alternate-title suggestions. View full size.

 

A United Front: 1943

A United Front: 1943

13,000 Win Applause in OCD Parade

        An estimated 150,000 spectators joined with approximately 13,000 marchers in the Civilian Defense parade last night in the opening of a drive for 22,000 civilian defense volunteers, giving Washington its largest demonstration of unity during the war, and by so doing served notice on the Axis that America's home front is well guarded.  -- Washington Post, July 31, 1943

July 30, 1943. Washington, D.C. "Office of Civilian Defense. Spectators watching the parade to recruit civilian defense volunteers." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Seventies Fourth

A Seventies Fourth

Larkspur, California July 4, 1974. The beginning of the parade is heading this way on Magnolia Avenue, just passing the crowd at the right gathered in front of the Silver Peso bar, still a major draw downtown. The fire trucks are from Larkspur and Corte Madera, who jointly host the Twin Cities Parade and other festivities each year. If there's any lingering doubt about this being the 1970s, I offer in evidence: that guy's pants. I shot this 35mm Kodacolor II negative with a 135mm telephoto lens. View full size.

 
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