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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAY GUN WATER PISTOL, 1953

Tifft House: 1900

Tifft House: 1900

Buffalo, New York, circa 1900. "Tifft House, Main Street." Demolished 1902; home to Minehan's Hair Store (offering "a full line of switches, waves, fringes and wigs"). 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Both Sides Then: 1920

Both Sides Then: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Tidal Basin bathing beach -- Tom Miller, 1912 Irving Street N.E." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Men With a Horn: 1922

Men With a Horn: 1922

New York circa 1922. "Paul Specht band." Last seen at the Astor Roof Garden, and now in the recording studio also seen here. Note arrangement of the scores around the acoustic recording horn. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Main Street: 1907

Main Street: 1907

Circa 1907. North Adams, Massachusetts. "Main Street, looking west." Last seen here, looking the other way. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Uneasy Rider: 1931

Uneasy Rider: 1931

San Francisco, 1931. "Auburn at Golden Gate Park." Similar to the car seen earlier here. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Industrial Tableau: 1900

Industrial Tableau: 1900

Lake Erie circa 1900. "Harbor entrance at Conneaut, Ohio." Where ore from the Lake Superior iron ranges was unloaded for transport by rail to the smelting furnaces of Ohio and Pennsylvania. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1942

This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1942

November 1942. Babies' Hospital, New York. "Nurse training. At the ping-pong table in the game room, Susan Petty, student nurse, enjoys a bit of relaxation after a busy day's work in the wards." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

 
 
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