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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Cops at Cars Getting Coffee: 1919

Cops at Cars Getting Coffee: 1919

Washington, D.C, 1919. "Police coffee." Backed by the Salvation Army's powerful message of hope and/or thrift. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Plug-and-Play: 1944

Plug-and-Play: 1944

June 7, 1944. "Maser Music showroom, Mission and Washburn streets, San Francisco." On display on D-Day Plus One, a selection of Wurlitzer jukeboxes and two Mills Panoram "Soundies" machines, a sort of early video jukebox that played 16mm film loops of musical acts for a dime. 8x10 inch acetate negative, late of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Socket to Me: 1927

Socket to Me: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "NO CAPTION [Woman holding object, probably a light bulb]." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Radisson: 1910

Hotel Radisson: 1910

Minneapolis circa 1910. "Hotel Radisson and Seventh Street." The start of today's multinational lodging conglomerate, named after the 17th-century French explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Waitin' Phaeton: 1928

Waitin' Phaeton: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Auburn Phaeton Sedan." Note the unusual center-hinged doors. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

The Big Reveal: 1907

The Big Reveal: 1907

1907. "Unveiling tablet commemorating first settlement of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Stage Fort Park, Gloucester." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Jokey Salts: 1942

Jokey Salts: 1942

August 1942. "And so he says to me -- Sailor mechanics at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas, laugh heartily over a good story between servicing operations on Navy planes." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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