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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

Digging Out: 1922

Digging Out: 1922

Washington, D.C., after the blizzard of January 1922. "Snow" is all it says on the caption card; we wonder if the absence of a shadow might portend six more weeks of winter. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Crunch Wagon: 1958

Crunch Wagon: 1958

We return to accident-prone Oakland, circa 1958, for this view of a Ford Ranch Wagon that just bought the farm. 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Snow Delay: 1905

Snow Delay: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Blockaded cars on 23rd Street." With the Flatiron Building looming skyward. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Bureaucratic Blizzard: 1935

Bureaucratic Blizzard: 1935

Washington circa 1935. "U.S. Capitol exteriors. Dome of Capitol and park in winter." 5x7 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Open Carry: 1929

Open Carry: 1929

This appears to be the same couple seen in the Roadhouse photo posted yesterday. From a box of negatives found in a Redlands thrift store. Many of these are stored in fragments of the original Kodak envelopes from the Whittier Book Store at 113-1/2 N. Greenleaf Avenue. View full size.

At Ease: 1943

At Ease: 1943

1943. " 'At Ease.' Two soldiers in a bomb storage facility at Camp Pendleton, Calif., admiring portrait of a young woman. Pinup of Susan Hayward hangs nearby." Dye destruction print made in 2002 from Frank S. Errigo's original 4x5 Kodachrome. Exhibited in "American Treasures of the Library of Congress." View full size.

Roadhouse: 1929

Roadhouse: 1929

A tough-looking group and their Essex sedan somewhere in Northern California in 1929. From a box of negatives found in a thrift store. View full size.

 
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