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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Tots in Transit: 1943

Tots in Transit: 1943

September 1943. "Washington Court House, Ohio. Mothers with their babies waiting at the Greyhound bus depot." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Say Cheese: 1962

Say Cheese: 1962

Here's my contribution to that popular Shorpy genre, the unsmiling-group photo. In this case, it's because I told them all to stay verrrry still for the brief time exposure. I was using the only camera had access to at the time that could do that, an old c.1935 Kodak Junior Six-16. The negative is long gone, so I scanned this from a period print.

My mother is standing in the back at center, and we're in the Larkspur, California home of our friends, the man on the couch with the shillelagh and his wife seated at right. At the left is their daughter and her husband. She was recently seen in this same wainscoted room here. The only one who moved during the exposure, probably because she's trying to restrain her squirming pomeranian, is our neighbor at upper right, the mother of one of my childhood chums. I may have known who the other couple was at one time, but no more. View full size.

Employee of the Week: 1909

Employee of the Week: 1909

May 1909. Burlington, Vermont. "Jo Bodeon, a 'back-roper' in the mule room, Chace Cotton Mill." More accurately known as Joseph Beaudoine (1894-1958), last glimpsed here. Gelatin silver print by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Knott's Berry Farm: 1964

Knott's Berry Farm: 1964

The 1960s saw several SoCal family vacations to visit my sister and her family, and this time the whole slew of us took in Knott's Berry Farm, where I took 18 color slides, as opposed the over 40 I shot in Disneyland. So that'll show you. Faux-reality fan that I was, I liked wandering around Knott's old western-style buildings, cement cliffs and miniature buildings, but no doubt about it, Disneyland was my heaven on earth. Oh, and it was nice seeing the family, too. View full size.

The Lyceum: 1904

The Lyceum: 1904

        Eugenie Blair (1864-1922) was what theater people would call a real trouper -- the actress dropped dead after a performance of "Anna Christie" at the Cort Theater in Chicago.

June 1904. "Lyceum Theatre, Detroit." Onstage this week: Eugenie Blair in "Claire or the Ironmaster." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, and the terminals. Waiting for a bus at the Memphis station." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Her First Kissel: 1922

Her First Kissel: 1922

San Francisco circa 1922. "Kissel Tourster at Golden Gate Park." The driver evidently an understudy for Isadora Duncan. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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