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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOHANNESBURG, THE WONDER CITY: c. 1935

Master of the House: 1895

Master of the House: 1895

Young Willard Douglas at home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895. 5x7 glass negative by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

Super Fly: 1972

Super Fly: 1972

Some may find it fitting that this photo of me was taken at the San Francisco Zoo. I remember having striped pants in the 70s, but this total ensemble comes as a surprise, since I'd never seen this photo until a few days ago. It turned up in a box of forgotten slides at my friend's house. I attribute my expression to having just spotted him aiming his camera at me. For my part, I'm clutching my first movie camera, a Super-8 GAF job with an 8-1 zoom lens. View full size.

Grandmother's House: 1895

Grandmother's House: 1895

The Douglas family home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895. Click here for a circa 1960 view, a few years before it was demolished to make way for a nursing home. 5x7 glass plate by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

Grandmother's House: 1960

Grandmother's House: 1960

The Douglas family home at 6833 Eastern Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1960. Color slide by Shorpy member Steve King's dad, whose mother, Helen Douglas King, lived there when she was a little girl. View full size.

Well Sprung: 1920

Well Sprung: 1920

San Francisco, 1920. "Haynes touring car leaving garage." Riding on Gruss Air Springs. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Vermont Country Store: 1959

Vermont Country Store: 1959

August 1959. "Vermont Country Store, Weston Common, Windsor County, Vermont. Building dates to 1828. Typical early country store still serving its original function, but filled with more merchandise than it would have originally had and now a popular tourist attraction." Photo by Ned Goode for the Historical American Buildings Survey, National Park Service. View full size.

 

Down on Main: 1976

Down on Main: 1976

Main Street, USA in Disneyland, that is, where my friend has captured me on Kodachrome with bell-bottoms billowing and armed with Super-8 camera. I didn't know this photo existed until a few days ago when he and I discovered a cache of slides in a forgotten box at his place. In fact, I'd totally forgotten we'd taken this Southern California road trip at all. Much to his amusement. View full size.

 
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