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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • MONTSERRAT FUNICULAR RAILWAY, c. 1920

A Seventies Fourth

A Seventies Fourth

Larkspur, California July 4, 1974. The beginning of the parade is heading this way on Magnolia Avenue, just passing the crowd at the right gathered in front of the Silver Peso bar, still a major draw downtown. The fire trucks are from Larkspur and Corte Madera, who jointly host the Twin Cities Parade and other festivities each year. If there's any lingering doubt about this being the 1970s, I offer in evidence: that guy's pants. I shot this 35mm Kodacolor II negative with a 135mm telephoto lens. View full size.

A Short Fuse: 1906

A Short Fuse: 1906

"Independence Day, 1906. F.A. Loumis, copyright claimant. Little boy holding three large firecrackers and flag." Let's be careful out there! View full size.

 

Cafeteria Style: 1949

Cafeteria Style: 1949

July 6, 1949. "Johns-Manville Research Laboratory, Finderne, New Jersey. Cafeteria. Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, architects." Continuing the tour begun here. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Jumping Jax: 1910

Jumping Jax: 1910

Circa 1910. "Jacksonville, Florida, and St. Johns River." Note the sign for the Dixieland Park ferry. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Nash Flier: 1919

Nash Flier: 1919

October 1919. "Nash Flier -- California Highway Motor Train in San Francisco." A publicity stunt showcasing the nascent field of long-distance trucking as facilitated by the "giant pneumatic tire." The cargo here being Sperry's Drifted Snow Flour. 6½ x 8½ glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

A Fresh Start: 1937

A Fresh Start: 1937

Washington, D.C., 1937. "Baby's bath" is all it says here. If you recognize yourself 78 years later, let us know. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

In the Beans: 1939

In the Beans: 1939

August 1939. "Marion County, Oregon, near West Stayton. Father and children came from Albany, Oregon, for a season's work in the beans." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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