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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JEWISH RELIEF CAMPAIGN, 1917

Bank Garage: 1934

Bank Garage: 1934

San Francisco April 14, 1934. "East side looking south, Montgomery Street commercial buildings." In later years the Gold Rush-era building here housing the Chicago Specialty Co. became the law offices of flamboyant San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli. Today this block is part of the Jackson Square Historic District, while down the street at the next corner the Transamerica Pyramid rises. Large format negative by Roger Sturtevant for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

Fountain of the Evening Star: 1940

Fountain of the Evening Star: 1940

Golden Gate International Exposition, Treasure Island, San Francisco, 1940. The The woman with the hat at the Fountain of the Evening Star by sculptor Ettore Cadorin. From a box of Kodachrome slides I found at a flea market. View full size.

Downtown Novato: 1942

Downtown Novato: 1942

May 1942. "In the parade of the Festival of the Holy Ghost, a Portuguese-American celebration. Novato, California." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

Proud Teacher: 1958

Proud Teacher: 1958

Old Mrs. Lawson ran the show at the one-room school in Honey Grove, Pennsylvania and she was my mother's inspiration to become a teacher. My grandfather photographed her by the schoolhouse door in 1958 on the school's last-ever day of class. The new consolidated elementary school opened the following fall. View full size.

Inn of the Four Turrets: 1900

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Inn of the Four Turrets: 1900

Circa 1900. "Edgeton Inn, Wildwood, New Jersey." Please do not molest the saplings. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Trick or Treat: 1948

Trick or Treat: 1948

Oct. 31, 1948. "Bond's, New York City. Night exterior, Fifth Avenue." Headless on Halloween! Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

On the Boardwalk

On the Boardwalk

My grandfather photographed the Atlantic City boardwalk on a family trip, in 1964. View full size.

 
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