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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NATIONAL PARK POSTERS

The Yacht Club: 1906

The Yacht Club: 1906

Circa 1906. "Boston Yacht Club -- Marblehead, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Preen Room: 1948

The Preen Room: 1948

March 30, 1948. "Helena Rubinstein, salon at 655 Fifth Avenue, New York. Hair styling room." 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Elephant Bank: 1924

Elephant Bank: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Charlie Becker, midget trainer with Singer's Midgets, walked the smallest elephant of his troupe to Merchant's Bank, and made a deposit for Keith's Theatre. The elephant delivered the money satchel directly to the receiving teller." This was of course a less enlightened era, decades before the advent of cage-free tellers and free-range banking. View full size.

 

Neoclassical Gas: 1919

Neoclassical Gas: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Hudson Biddle & Smart touring limousine at Palace of Fine Arts." Home, Fido! 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Plumber's Helpers: 1942

Plumber's Helpers: 1942

November 1942. Lititz, Pennsylvania. "Scrap collection drive. Each household placed its contribution on the sidewalk. It was then picked up by local trucks whose owners had volunteered their services for civilian defense. The scrap outside a plumber's house consists of pipes." (Kids not included.) Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Apple Jack: 1942

Apple Jack: 1942

November 1942. Washington, D.C. "Young huckster in the Southwest section." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Loving Cup Lovelies: 1921

Loving Cup Lovelies: 1921

Lansburgh Girls Win Style Prize

Five Models Gain Cup at
Tidal Bathing Beach Costume Show.

        With five models displaying the most modern bathing costumes, Lansburgh & Brother won the prize cup at the first annual style show, held yesterday afternoon at the Tidal bathing beach. The models who represented Lansburgh's -- all local girls -- were Mary Lee, Iola Swinnerton, Thelma Spencer, Hattie Spencer and Julia Cunningham. The suits which they wore were special importations, brought to Washington for exhibition at this show ...

-- Washington Post, 6/26/1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Bathing Beach costume contest." At left we have Iola Swinnerton, First Lady of Shorpy in perpetuum; the others are plebeian ciphers spared total invisibility only by the grace of her luminous beauty. View full size.

 
 
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