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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Baby: 1924-2014

Baby: 1924-2014

        Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," died today in New York at the age of 89.

-- Los Angeles Times

1944. "Actress Lauren Bacall, three-quarters portrait, in houndstooth-check jacket." Warner Bros. publicity still for To Have and Have Not. View full size.

 

Cake or Pie?

Cake or Pie?

"Amy Frandle -- 2 March 1952." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes takes place at the kitchen table. The cake looks delicious, but we'll start with a slice of that cherry pie, please. 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

Twelve Horsepower: 1911

Twelve Horsepower: 1911

"Merchants Transfer & Storage Co., Washington, D.C." In 1911, moving a boiler on D Street within sight of the Capitol with a 12-horse team. Bonus: Many old billboards. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

On the Grid: 1942

On the Grid: 1942

December 1942. "Checking electrical wiring assemblies for B-17F (Flying Fortress) bombers at the Boeing plant in Seattle." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

5½ Men: 1939

5½  Men: 1939

October 1939. "Five Idaho farmers, members of Ola self-help sawmill co-op, in the woods standing against a load of logs ready to go down to their mill about three miles away. Gem County, Idaho." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

First Resort: 1911

First Resort: 1911

July 1911. "Street scene, 2nd Avenue, Asbury Park." Greetings from this pleasant setting for the ice wagon, streetcar, sandwich shop and resort hotels. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Girl Talk: 1926

Girl Talk: 1926

Washington, D.C. "NO CAPTION (Girl with doll, 1926 or 1927)." Probably warning her about that McCarthy boy. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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