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

Fistic Follies: 1910

Fistic Follies: 1910

"Ford, J., Mrs., group." Sequel to the whimsical Harris & Ewing portrait seen here earlier. Things seem to have taken a turn for the worse! View full size.

 

The Photochrom Co.: 1902

The Photochrom Co.: 1902

Circa 1902. "Photochrom Co. Building, Detroit." Where Detroit Photographic's giant glass negatives were transformed into their raison d'etre -- millions of colorized postcards. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

Circa 1910. "Ford, J., Mrs., group." An outlier among Harris & Ewing's generally sedate-and-sober studio portraits. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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