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

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.

 

Slippery Danger: 1924

Slippery Danger: 1924

"Flint auto in San Francisco, 1924." With the Ghirardelli Square clock tower keeping time for whatever conversation is taking place between the front seat and the back. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Modern Amoeba: 1947

Modern Amoeba: 1947

Jan. 27, 1947. "Kartch's, business on Main Street in Paterson, New Jersey. Interior, to rear." Witness to one of midcentury design's favorite mashups, the trapezoid and the amoeba. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Alpha Females: 1942

Alpha Females: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. Schoolchildren staging a patriotic demonstration." Which includes Synchronized Stationary Bikes. Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Theta Pi Pastels: 1910

Theta Pi Pastels: 1910

Colorized from this Shorpy original: Washington, D.C., circa 1910. "Theta Pi girls." 8x10 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 
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