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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TRAVEL TO NIMES, FRANCE: 1926

In Surgery: 1909

In Surgery: 1909

Detroit circa 1909. "Operating room" is all it says here, and we're sure whatever that is on the floor will mop right up. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Temple of Beauty: 1905

Temple of Beauty: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Mather Block, Woodward Avenue." Where merchants vying for your trade include Madame Mattlar's Temple of Beauty ("Corns removed, 25¢"); William E. Metzger, dealer in "Motorcycles Bicycles Phonographs"; an outpost of the Singer Sewing Machine Co.; Tuomy Bros. (suits and cloaks) and the eyeball-bedizened offices of L. Kaplan Optician ("I Glassed Detroit"). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Red White & Blew: 1943

Red White & Blew: 1943

Sometimes you just have to colorize. (The original black-and-white photo by Gordon Parks is here.) Selecting all those stars took forever! View full size.

As I Was: 1942

As I Was: 1942

November 1942. "Lititz, Pennsylvania. Self-portrait at a public sale." Photo by Marjory Collins (1912-1985) for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Allen-Bradley: 1940

Allen-Bradley: 1940

December 1940. "Putting up a new traffic signal in San Diego." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

California Cuties: 1925

California Cuties: 1925

The West Coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned ...

Huntington Beach, California. "Bathing Beauty Pageant, 1925." Three-panel gelatin silver print by Miles F. Weaver (1879-1932). View full panorama.

 

Stopping in Style: 1925

Stopping in Style: 1925

        Among the first Cadillacs to have brakes on all four wheels.

San Francisco circa 1925. "Cadillac V63 five-passenger sedan at Lafayette Park." 5x7 inch dry-plate glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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