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Mustangs: 1945

Mustangs: 1945

P-51 Mustangs of the 332nd Fighter Group (Tuskegee Airmen). Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. View full size. Photograph by Toni Frissell.

 

Ford's Theatre: 1860s

Ford's Theatre: 1860s

Old Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., where Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate. Photograph by Mathew Brady.

 

The Last Full Measure: 1863

The Last Full Measure: 1863

Federal soldiers killed July 1, 1863, near the McPherson woods. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate, half of stereograph pair. Photograph by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

 

Circular Church, Charleston: 1865

Circular Church, Charleston: 1865

View of ruined buildings through porch of the Circular Church at 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina. April 1865. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate, half of stereograph pair. Photographer unknown. While much of the damage shown here is from shelling by the Federal Navy, the Circular Church itself was heavily damaged by fire in 1861. Alternate view.

 

Tuskegee Airmen: 1945

Tuskegee Airmen: 1945

Tuskegee airmen exiting the parachute room at Ramitelli, Italy. March 1945. From left: Richard S. "Rip" Harder, Brooklyn, Class 44-B; unidentified airman; Thurston L. Gaines Jr., Freeport, N.Y., Class 44-G; Newman C. Golden, Cincinnati, Class 44-G; Wendell M. Lucas, Fairmont Heights, Maryland, Class 44-E. View full size. Photograph by Toni Frissell.

 

Park Row: 1912

Park Row: 1912

The Park Row Building circa 1912. View full size. For nine years this 1899 tower, at 391 feet, was the tallest in New York. Read more here and here.

 

The Three Amigos: 1908

The Three Amigos: 1908

November 29, 1908. Boys working in the Eureka Cotton Mills at Chester, South Carolina. Rob Dover (tallest boy) has been in mill eight or nine years. Melvin Reilly (middle) in mill one year. Boyd McKowan is about 15 years old. Been in mill five years. Witness Sara R. Hine. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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