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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

A Hot Mess: 1901

A Hot Mess: 1901

Circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, brass foundry, Chelsea, Michigan." Our umpteenth look at these slightly untidy premises. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Third Disaster: 1952

Third Disaster: 1952

"Floyd & Rach -- Feb 11 1952." The latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes features a cameo by Mr. Boston. Anything else we cannot explain -- it just is. 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

A to Z: 1943

A to Z: 1943

May 1943. "Washington, D.C. Office of War Information research workers." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Perfect Ice Cream: 1910s

Perfect Ice Cream: 1910s

Union Station in Washington, D.C., circa 1914. Points of interest include the ice cream shack and trolley switch tower. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Kid Dogs: 1919

Kid Dogs: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Service truck at Dodd warehouse." If anyone knows the whereabouts of Nick and his piece of chalk, the foreman would like to see him in the warehouse office. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Kitchen Rapture: 1939

Kitchen Rapture: 1939

Sept. 20, 1939. "The Dunes Club. Narragansett, Rhode Island. Kitchen. Purves, Cope & Stewart, architect." 5x7 negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

New York Squared: 1903

New York Squared: 1903

Circa 1903. "Herald Square, New York." With Times Square in the distance, and the New York Times building going up at center. Other landmarks include Macy's, the New York Herald newspaper building, Sixth Avenue elevated tracks and Hotel Astor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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