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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOHANNESBURG, THE WONDER CITY: c. 1935

Men Smoking Together: 1942

Men Smoking Together: 1942

October 1942. "War production drive. Anthracite rallies. Servicemen working together! Soldiers, sailors and marines went into Pennsylvania mines during the anthracite rallies, September 30th through October 1st, and saw how hard coal is extracted from beneath the earth's surface." 4x5 nitrate negative by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Trukmixed: 1936

Trukmixed: 1936

June 23, 1936. "General Motors truck -- Trukmixed Concrete, Horan Fuel & Feed Co., San Francisco." 79 years ago today! 8x10 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Hallway of Academe: 1949

Hallway of Academe: 1949

Feb. 19, 1949. "Lamont Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Long view, main corridor, third level." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

War Story: 1861

War Story: 1861

        In 1861, A.M. Chandler enlisted in the Palo Alto Confederates, which became part of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. His mother, Louisa Gardner Chandler, sent Silas, one of her 36 slaves, with him. On Sept. 20, 1863, the 44th Mississippi was engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga, where Chandler was wounded in his leg. A battlefield surgeon decided to amputate but, according to the Chandler family, Silas accompanied him home to Mississippi where the limb was saved. His master's combat service ended as a result of the wound but Silas returned to the war in January 1864 when A.M.'s younger brother, Benjamin, enlisted in the 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment. (See also: A Slave's Service in the Confederate Army.

"Sergeant A.M. Chandler of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Co. F., and Silas Chandler, family slave, with Bowie knives, revolvers, pepper-box, shotgun, and canteen." Handwritten label on back of frame: "Andrew Martin Chandler, born 1844, died 1920. Servant Silas Chandler. 44th Mississippi Regiment, Col. A.K. Blyth. Wounded in battle of Chickamauga." View full size.

 

Grand Hotel: 1900

Grand Hotel: 1900

Circa 1900. "The Hollenden, Cleveland." A giant hostelry that opened in 1885 and was demolished in 1962. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

The Big Biplane: 1918

The Big Biplane: 1918

WILSON AT TRIAL OF GIANT PLANE

        The trial of the first American-built Handley-Page aeroplane, driven by Capt. E.B. Waller, of the British royal air force, yesterday was witnessed by President Wilson and Secretary Baker. A crowd of more than 5,000 greeted the President when he arrived at the polo field in Potomac Park early in the afternoon.

-- Washington Post, Nov. 16, 1918

November 1918. Washington, D.C. "Bolling Field -- Handley Page on polo grounds." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dawsonville: 1917

Dawsonville: 1917

Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1917. "Ford car in front of Dawsonville country store, probably H.E. French's." Herbert French being the proprietor of the National Photo Company. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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