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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Fort Worth: 1942

Fort Worth: 1942

October 1942. Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft plant in Fort Worth, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information.

 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007

Today's theme is fire in and under New York. Or at least a lot of billowing smoke. Yesterday our readers did a great job figuring out the addresses of the various storefronts I posted. To them, a tip of the Shorpy miner's cap! - Dave

 

Take This Fire. Please.

Take This Fire. Please.

June 29, 1916, fire at the Fox Playhouse between East 13th and 14th Streets. Tenants in the building owned by restaurateur August Luchow included the vaudeville house (showing "photo plays"), Loewinger Brothers printers, a pool hall and Greater New York Film Rental. We also see women at two of the windows. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Subway Fire: 1915

Subway Fire: 1915

On January 6, 1915, an electrical short in a manhole started a fire that filled the subway line under Broadway at West 55th Street with smoke, resulting in chaos for a quarter-million commuters. The New York Times reported that one person, Ella Grady, was killed. We note that photographer George Grantham Bain, like many of us writing checks just after January 1, was a year off in dating this photo. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Smoke and Buicks: 1915

Smoke and Buicks: 1915

Automobile Row: Broadway at West 55th Street. Another view of the January 6, 1915, subway fire in New York. More details here. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Murray Street Fire: 1915

Murray Street Fire: 1915

February 19, 1915: "Murray Street Fire" in Manhattan. Who can help us fill in the details? View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Pawn Shop: 1920

Pawn Shop: 1920

A pawn shop at No. 15 Cooper Square (thanks, Evan) in New York circa 1920. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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