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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Water Slide: 1900

Water Slide: 1900

Sept. 15, 1900. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Launch of freighter Howard L. Shaw." Thrilling prequel to this image. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

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Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

        Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

Los Angeles, 1968. "Actor Leonard Nimoy working on the set of the television show Star Trek." 35mm negative from photos by Douglas Jones for Look magazine. View full size.

The Apparatus: 1923

The Apparatus: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Unidentified ramp on field" is all it says here. Who can help us categorize this cryptic contraption? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Emissary: 1935

The Emissary: 1935

Circa 1930s. "The Kellams -- Princess Anne County, Virginia." One of FBJ's more enigmatic exposures. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Fight or Starve: 1925

Fight or Starve: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Protesters" is all it says on the caption card for this National Photo glass negative showing what seems to be a meeting of the "Communist Party Young Communist League." View full size.

 

Après-Launch: 1900

Après-Launch: 1900

Sept. 15, 1900. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Freighter Howard L. Shaw in the slip." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tarzan at Home: 1948

Tarzan at Home: 1948

Los Angeles, 1948. "Actor Lex Barker and his family -- wife Constance Rhodes Thurlow, son Alexander Crichlow Barker III, and daughter Lynn Thurlow Barker with their dog and cat." From photos by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine assignment "Princeton-Bred Tarzan." View full size.

 
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