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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHÂTEAU FRONTENAC, QUÉBEC

Color Field: 1943

Color Field: 1943

March 1943. "A Southern Pacific freight passing Vaughn, New Mexico. The Santa Fe R.R. crosses the Southern Pacific R.R. at Vaughn." 4x3 inch Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Ahoy, Matey: 1921

Ahoy, Matey: 1921

"Jordan touring car at San Francisco piers, 1921." The S.S. Ventura at dock. 8x6 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

The Committee: 1920

The Committee: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Red Cross group, Government Hotels." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

All Wrighty: 1939

All Wrighty: 1939

        Which way to the Cinnabon?

Oct. 2, 1939. Continuing our theme of housing: "Wingspread -- Herbert F. Johnson Jr. residence in Racine, Wisconsin. Living room interior. Frank Lloyd Wright, architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Fireside Lad: 1950

Fireside Lad: 1950

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1950, and another snap from the "Housing" series. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Galaxy of Beauty: 1919

Galaxy of Beauty: 1919

July 26, 1919. Washington, D.C. "Bathing beach parade at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

GALAXY OF BEAUTY PARADES AT BEACH

Comely Damsels in Scant Attire Win Prizes for Their Appearance.

        JULY 27 -- While more than 5,000 persons clambered to each other's shoulders and to roofs of nearby buildings to view the Annette Kellermanns at the first annual beach parade at the Tidal Basin yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Audrey O'Connor, 620 Maryland avenue southwest, was proclaimed by the judges as Washington's most beautiful girl in a bathing suit. Mrs. O'Connor wore a blue and orange jumper, blue cap and orange tights. Miss Dot Buckley, 1250 Tenth street northwest, received honorable mention in the contest. Her suit was a creation in red, white and blue.
        First prize in the costume contest was awarded Mrs. Grace Fleishman, 5 Iowa circle, who wore a white silk suit with black and white border and a white silk hat. Miss Muriel Gibbs, costumed as Miss Liberty in stars and stripes, received honorable mention. Silver loving cups were awarded to the winners of both the beauty and the costume contests.
        Following the parade of the score or more of beauties between cheering crowds of bathing beach fans, the former faced half a dozen movie machines and a battery of press cameras. Later one of the winners obligingly did a modified "shimmy dance" for the movie men.

 

Hay, Grain, Feed & Coal: 1924

Hay, Grain, Feed & Coal: 1924

Santa Rosa, California, circa 1924. "Graham Brothers truck at Nelligan & Son." 8x6 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 
 
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