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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Bright Eyes: 1916

Bright Eyes: 1916

1916. "Dolly sister with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph." One of the Dolly Sisters (Rose and Jenny), twin vaudeville stars from Budapest who made it big in America. 5x7 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Scout Kar: 1918

Scout Kar: 1918

        America's first camouflaged automobile has been let loose, and is now on the war path. The inhabitants of the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego swear they are "seeing things." A sheriff who has a record for pinching speeders is out after the camoufleurs who committed "camouflage" to prove that America's automobiles are as chameleon-like while on the war path as those in Europe.

-- Oakland Tribune, Oct. 28, 1917

        W.L. Hughson, of KisselKar fame upon the Pacific Coast, has donated the famous Kissel military scout car, recently used to blaze the "three nation run," to the government department having the new operations of "camouflage" in its charge. A committee of three prominent San Francisco artists will paint this car with color patches, which suggests nothing except the surrounding earth, trees, grain fields, sky, etc., making an exact fac-simile of the cars now being used by the allies along the various war fronts

-- Motor West, Oct. 15, 1917

"Kissel Military Highway Scout Kar." From somewhere in the woodsy Pacific Northwest comes the "Scout Kar" last seen here, with 1918 Washington State dealer plates. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Civil War Veterans: 1913

Civil War Veterans: 1913

July 1913. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "Gettysburg reunion: G.A.R. & U.C.V. veterans at the encampment." Some of the 53,000 Civil War veterans, members of either the Grand Army of the Republic (Union troops) or the United Confederate Veterans, who reunited at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary of the battle there. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sunset Lodge: 1918

Sunset Lodge: 1918

The Pacific Northwest in 1918. "Kissel Military Highway Scout Kar at Sunset Lodge." Our first look at what seems to have been a Kissel Kar promotion tied to the war effort. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

I Gave My Eyes: 1932

I Gave My Eyes: 1932

"World War veteran, Bonus Expeditionary Force." Scene from the "Bonus March" on Washington, when thousands of veterans converged on the capital in 1932 to demand cash redemption of their WWI service certificates, a bonus that wasn't supposed to be paid until 1945. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Angler-Saxon: 1921

Angler-Saxon: 1921

San Francisco, 1921. "Saxon auto and fishing boats." Another automotive brand not long for this earth. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Canary Soup: 1914

Canary Soup: 1914

1914. "Cat wearing apron, stirring pot on miniature stove." As seen on the classic cooking show Kitten Kitchen. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 
 
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