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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Joy Ride: 1924

Joy Ride: 1924

1924. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Elks Outing, Glen Echo." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 

Coaster Dips: 1928

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Coaster Dips: 1928

1928. Roller coaster at the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Proviso Freight House: 1943

Proviso Freight House: 1943

April 1943. "Chicago & North Western R.R. Tracks leading into the freight house at Proviso yard. This is said to be the largest covered freight house in the world." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI.

 

The Help Desk: 1864

The Help Desk: 1864

August 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Military telegraph operators at headquarters." Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate negative from Civil War photographs compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

1926 or 1927. Washington, D.C. "H.E.F. & lamb." Herbert E. French, the proprietor of National Photo. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Miss Fudge: 1921

Miss Fudge: 1921

1921. "Dog cemetery, Miss Logan's dog." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Butte Parade: 1939

Butte Parade: 1939

Summer 1939. Butte, Montana. "High school band parading up Montana street." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 
 
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