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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HALL OF SCIENCE, 1934 WORLD'S FAIR

Private Office: 1923

Private Office: 1923

February 1923. "Miss Jacqueline Mansfield." Currently engaged to one Mr. Smith Corona. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Game Boy: 1924

Game Boy: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "The latest in electric baseball scoreboards. George Coleman, inventor, is shown with the mechanism of the new scoreboard." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

        A backstage view of Washington, D.C., inventor George Coleman's "Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard" (seen earlier here and here), which was set up in movie theaters to "broadcast" the home team's away games. "It contains 19,000 feet of wire and has 400 stereopticon slides with an electric light bulb for each slide. Five men are required to operate the great board, including the telegraph operator who receives play-by-play from the field."

 

Taking the Air: 1924

Taking the Air: 1924

1924. Washington, D.C. "Rock Creek Park. Miss Katherine Wren and Norvelle Munford." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Motown Riviera: 1906

Motown Riviera: 1906

The Detroit River circa 1906. "Detroit Oak Belting Co. and Michigan Stove Works." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sunday Drive: 1920

Sunday Drive: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Grant touring car." The party last seen here, somewhat rearranged. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Kids These Days: 1904

Kids These Days: 1904

New York, 1904. "Goat carriages in Central Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sharecropper Shack: 1936

Sharecropper Shack: 1936

May 1936. "Sharecropper's family in Mississippi County, Missouri. Typical sharecropper shack with crop entirely surrounding house." Medium format nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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