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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Dog-On Taxi: 1924

Dog-On Taxi: 1924

1924. "REO taxicab, San Francisco." Why Uber when you can Rover? 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Bicycle Crossing: 1943

Bicycle Crossing: 1943

January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago and North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The train rushing through the town of Cortland Elmhurst, Illinois, on its way to Iowa." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Avenue C: 1904

Avenue C: 1904

1904. "Avenue C -- Miami, Fla." Renamed First Avenue after the city's brief fling with lettered streets. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Big Red Riding Hood: 1941

Big Red Riding Hood: 1941

March 22, 1941. "Pontiac in Mount Davidson Park, San Francisco." So if a tree falls on a convertible in the woods ... 8x10 acetate negative. View full size.

 

The Rifleman: 1960

The Rifleman: 1960

"Merry Christmas from the family." Actor Chuck Connors, his wife Betty and their sons Jeffrey, Steven, Michael and Kevin circa 1960 at their home in Los Angeles. 4x5 inch Ektachrome transparency. View full size.

Sunshine State: 1901

Sunshine State: 1901

Palm Beach circa 1901. "A glimpse of the Royal Poinciana." An entrance to Henry Flagler's immense resort hotel, back when Florida was starting to be a thing. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Doctor of Tires: 1934

Doctor of Tires: 1934

San Francisco, 1934. "Fisk Service garage." So, Mister, you say it pulls to the right? 8x10 nitrate negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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