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Vintage photos of:
August 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Military telegraph operators at headquarters." Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate negative from Civil War photographs compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.
Circa 1952, possibly in Indiana. Another image from Set 2 of found 35mm Kodachromes. Note the Cadillac-inspired tacked-on tailfins on the Ford, which we'll tentatively identify as a 1950 Crestliner. View full size.