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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Newport News: 1905

Newport News: 1905

1905. "Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia." A lesson in receding lines of perspective. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Ghost Rider: 1920

Ghost Rider: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Buick, Pacific Heights." Wearing a spiffy "California top." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Japan Surrenders: 1945

Japan Surrenders: 1945

Sept. 2, 1945. "Japanese foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signing the document of surrender aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay as General Douglas MacArthur and members of the Allied delegations watch." Acme photo by Dave Davis, war pool correspondent. View full size.

 

The Late Show: 1958

The Late Show: 1958

Oakland, California, circa 1958. "Car crash, night." Mercury vs. Buick in a well-attended bout. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Learning the Ropes: 1942

Learning the Ropes: 1942

October 1942. "High school Victory Corps. In true commando style, this young student at Flushing High School, Queens, New York, is learning to take care of himself no matter what the circumstances may be. High cliffs and walls won't stop him when he is old enough to serve in the armed forces." Medium format negative by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Shady Lane: 1953

Shady Lane: 1953

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1953. "Housing." Visited by the Snow Laundry truck. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Tire Service: 1942

Tire Service: 1942

1942. "Hollywood, California. Tire service station." Mosher Tire, next door to the Dix Hotel. Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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