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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Thompson Branch: 1920

Thompson Branch: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, 15th Street & New York Avenue N.W." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Family Cookout: 1963

Family Cookout: 1963

1963. "George Jenkins, founder of the Publix supermarket chain, with his family at their home in Lakeland, Florida." 35mm negative by Marvin Newman for the Look magazine assignment "George Pleasures Them With Groceries." View full size.

Safety Stutz: 1927

Safety Stutz: 1927

San Francisco, 1927. "Stutz Vertical Eight with Safety Chassis." The so-called "Safety Stutz" featured four-wheel hydraulic brakes and wire-reinforced, supposedly shatterproof glass -- just the thing for cruising in the rain on bald tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Mash Transit: 1920

Mash Transit: 1920

November 12, 1920. Washington, D.C. "14 PERSONS INJURED IN CRASH OF 3 CARS: Wreck at 9th and F Streets When Brakes Fail to Work Endangers Many Others. POLICEMEN LEAP TO SAFETY. More Than 2,000 Citizens Delayed an Hour in Getting Home ... " Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Mission Trails: 1942

Mission Trails: 1942

It's 1942 and we're back in San Francisco for another look at one of the many fine establishments made even finer by the installation of Buckley Music System's "Music Box." The eatery is Andy Wong's "Fair Famous" Mission Trails Restaurant, Harvey Lum, manager, at 500 Sutter Street. Close your eyes and you can practically hear Padre tolling the mission bell while the brothers pound out their tortillas. 8x10 inch acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Beauty Cafe: 1937

Beauty Cafe: 1937

1937. "Tavern, Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

If I Had a Trailer: 1921

If I Had a Trailer: 1921

May 1921. Washington, D.C. "Charles Seeger, a composer, is a brother of Alan Seeger, the war poet. His wife is a distinguished violinist." And their baby boy will grow up to be folk legend Pete Seeger. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

        Ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger, seated in automobile, with family, standing, L-R: wife Constance Seeger, concert violinist, holding son Pete (1919-2014), and sons John and Charles. The family is ready to leave Washington, D.C., for their 1921 "trailer trip" musical expedition to bring classical music to rural areas.

 
 
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