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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Bombay Bicycle Club: 1963

Bombay Bicycle Club: 1963

        "A little slow tonight, isn't it?"

Sept. 16, 1963. "Essex House, Central Park South, New York City. Bombay bar." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Listening Tour: 1967

Listening Tour: 1967

October 1967. "Michigan Gov. George Romney in urban area." The Republican presidential aspirant during the "ghetto tour" that took him to more than a dozen inner cities following that year's race riots and civil unrest. From photos by James Karales for Look magazine. View full size.

The Ford Store: 1926

The Ford Store: 1926

Washington, D.C., in 1926. "Robey Motor Co. -- 1429 L Street." As long as we're downtown, let's pick up a tractor. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

State Capitol: 1900

State Capitol: 1900

Circa 1900. "State Street & Capitol -- Albany, New York." 6½x8½ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Avant-Garden: 1920

Avant-Garden: 1920

Denishawn dance company founder Ruth St. Denis and husband Ted Shawn with garden party guests (bridesmaids? caterers? vestal virgins?), among them the modern dance pioneers Louise Brooks and Martha Graham. View full size.

 

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Swartzbaugh, C.E., Mrs." Who'll be the first to write on her wall? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Naked City: 1906

The Naked City: 1906

"Post and Montgomery streets, corner of Market." Another view of San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 1906. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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