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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Après-Launch: 1900

Après-Launch: 1900

Sept. 15, 1900. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Freighter Howard L. Shaw in the slip." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tarzan at Home: 1948

Tarzan at Home: 1948

Los Angeles, 1948. "Actor Lex Barker and his family -- wife Constance Rhodes Thurlow, son Alexander Crichlow Barker III, and daughter Lynn Thurlow Barker with their dog and cat." From photos by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine assignment "Princeton-Bred Tarzan." View full size.

Pandora's Trunk: 1939

Pandora's Trunk: 1939

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park circa 1939. "Woman demonstrating use of luggage compartment lock on Pontiac sedan." Also a nice bumper-selfie of the photographer. 8x10 Eastman Kodak acetate negative. View full size.

 

Thrifty Scouts: 1913

Thrifty Scouts: 1913

    "Uncle Sam's new bank system -- Postal Savings for Boy Scouts."

Washington, D.C., circa 1913. "Boy Scouts -- Postal Savings. Scouts depositing." Revisiting an activity last observed here six years ago. View full size.

 

Birthday Posse: 1953

Birthday Posse: 1953

Larkspur, California, January 7, 1953. A photo of me I didn't know existed until a few days ago. I'm the second cowboy hat from the left at my best friend's 6th birthday party; I'd turned 6 the previous August. It's one of the rare childhood events that I've always carried a memory of; specifically: I insisted on leaving the party early so I could get home in time to watch "Time for Beany" on TV. My brother - whose hat that had been - came over and walked me home. My other classmates are the kid with the giant glasses on his head and the cowgirl behind the wide-eyed boy at right; I met up with her at our high school Class of '64 50th reunion last September. Others are mostly relatives, including June Cleaver his aunt setting up pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. I gotta say, for a kid with a birthday so close to Christmas, it looks like my friend made out like a bandit.

Many thanks to his sister, the little girl at my side, for getting this negative to me to scan. View full size.

Corn Exchange: 1951

Corn Exchange: 1951

New York, 1951. "Street scene, Corn Exchange Bank." Sharing the spotlight with two Sanitation Department trucks. 4x5 negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

High Fiber: 1903

High Fiber: 1903

New Orleans circa 1903. "Cotton on the Mississippi River levee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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