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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Fairview Hotel: 1916

Fairview Hotel: 1916

Washington circa 1916. "Fairview Hotel, 1st Street and Florida Avenue." The proprietor is former slave and "colored philosopher" Keith Sutherland. See the comments below for more on him. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Down Will Come Baby: 1915

Down Will Come Baby: 1915

1915. "Mrs. William Gibbs McAdoo, nee Eleanor Wilson. Baby McAdoo's open-air bed." The infant with the precarious perch was Ellen McAdoo, born in 1915 to Woodrow Wilson's daughter and Treasury Secretary William McAdoo. At the age of 31 she killed herself with an overdose of sleeping pills. View full size.

 

Bloodbath on Wall Street: 1920

Bloodbath on Wall Street: 1920

"Wall Street bomb." Aftermath of the explosion that killed dozens of people in New York's financial district on September 16, 1920, when a horse wagon loaded with dynamite and iron sash weights blew up in front of the J.P. Morgan bank at 23 Wall Street. The attack, which was attributed to Italian anarchists, was never solved. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

And Your Little Dog, Too: 1915

And Your Little Dog, Too: 1915

1915. "Mrs. H. Morgan Hill, Dog Show." Another photo from the Washington dog show series of pictures. If you crossed William Wegman and Richard Avedon, this might be the stylistic result. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Splashdown: 1960

Splashdown: 1960

Somewhere in suburbia circa 1960. Probably South Florida. Anscochrome transparency by Frank Scherschel, Life magazine photo archive. View full size.

Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

1903. The Zuni elder Si Wa Wata Wa. Who does not look like someone who put up with much nonsense. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis. View full size.

 

Bureau Drawers: 1925

Bureau Drawers: 1925

Washington circa 1925. "Bureau of Identification, Department of Justice." More thrilling cases from the Bureau's files. This was the forerunner of today's FBI, before they got the F. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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