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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Cobb's Hill: 1864

Cobb's Hill: 1864

1864. "Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Photographer [possibly Mathew Brady, next to the horse] at Butler's signal tower, Cobb's Hill, Appomattox River." Note the cloth-draped darkroom and developing chemicals in bottles on the grass. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereo pair. View full size.

 

Washington Accessories: 1922

Washington Accessories: 1922

"Filling station, 17th & L." The Washington Accessories Co. service station under construction at 1703 L Street N.W. in early 1922 next to the Stoneleigh Garage. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I Go Pogo: 1963

I Go Pogo: 1963

May 1963. This is a gag shot; the "gag," such as it is, being that I'm supposedly baffled by a comic strip character. I'd been a Pogo fan for as long as I could remember (note how worn that copy is) and by then I was, of course, well aware that Walt Kelly's strip had meanings on more than one level. I still have all our books, Dell comics and even the original "I Go Pogo" campaign button that I vaguely remember picking up at the San Francisco Chronicle building in 1952, when I was 6. But seriously, I posted this because of the nifty clock radio. And I want to assure all the Shorpy skeptics out there that, in the interests of historical authenticity, I did not Photoshop out any of my zits. Ektachrome-X slide.

Church of the Messiah: 1904

Church of the Messiah: 1904

"Baltimore Fire, 1904. Church of the Messiah in flames." Our fourth photo from the Great Fire of 1904. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Carbon Copies: 1935

Carbon Copies: 1935

"Bethesda, Maryland. Chevy Chase School, 1935." We backspace to another typing class. National Photo Company Collection safety negative. View full size.

 

Ruins of the City: 1904

Ruins of the City: 1904

"Baltimore Fire of 1904. Electric Railway Powerhouse." Out third view from the Great Fire. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Class Portrait: 1940

Class Portrait: 1940

"Montgomery High School students." An amusing (or maybe unsettling) class portrait from Montgomery County, Maryland. The Library of Congress says circa 1936; we've found a number of clues that narrow it down to 1939-40. See the comments for details. National Photo Company safety negative. View full size.

 
 
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