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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Motive Power: 1926

Motive Power: 1926

        "The Crescent Limited, ace of the Southern Railway System's passenger train service between New York, Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans."

Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1926. "Southern R.R. Co. Crescent Limited locomotive." Previously seen here and here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Togs for Tots: 1947

Togs for Tots: 1947

Jan. 27, 1947. "Kartch's, business on Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey. Rear, vertical detail." A googie-inflected showcase of juvenile accessories for fashion-forward amoeboids and girls. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

The Big Picture: 1864

The Big Picture: 1864

1864. "Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Photographer [possibly Mathew Brady] at Butler's signal tower, Cobb's Hill, Appomattox River. Wet plate glass negative from photos of the main Eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. African American man standing along with Signal Corps." Note the camera lens on the grass, and cloth-draped darkroom on the wagon. View full size.

 

Femmes Fatales: 1920

Femmes Fatales: 1920

San Francisco, 1920. "Haynes four-passenger coupe." Conveying two huntresses stalking small game. 8x6 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Boat Drill: 1899

Boat Drill: 1899
Drill No. 1: "The Difference Between Oars and Sails."

1899. "Boat drill -- U.S.S. New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Lulu Belle: 1959

Lulu Belle: 1959

From circa 1959 Scottsdale, Arizona, we bring you this Kodachrome slide of the Lulu Belle restaurant on Main Street. Which seems to have been a combination platter of Old West, Gay Nineties and riverboat themes. View full size.

 

Fellow Travelers: 1899

Fellow Travelers: 1899

Circa 1899. "R.R. depot at Garrison, New York." En route to their final destination. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 
 
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