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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Upward Bound: 1924

Upward Bound: 1924

San Francisco circa 1924. "Oldsmobile touring sedan." Latest entry on the Shorpy Roster of Defunct Dreadnoughts. Glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

All a Board: 1899

All a Board: 1899

Minnesota circa 1899. "Winona, a sawmill plant." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Signpost Up a Head: 1927

The Signpost Up a Head: 1927

Fredericksburg, Va., circa 1927. "Tenement, 203 Charlotte St., residence of 'Gover­nor Hill.' Photo taken on commission from Mrs. Devore of Chatham." Note the head-on-a-pike signage. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Chinese Characters: 1925

Chinese Characters: 1925

Mah Jong Game Fantasy

Colorful Chinese Legend Enacted
With Society Girls as Human Tiles.

Feb. 6, 1925. "Three Washington society buds in spectacle. The misses Beatrice McLean (left), debutante daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Ridley McLean; Helen Thompson; and Eugenie LeJeune, daughter of General and Mrs. John A. LeJeune; all members of the 'Group of the Winds' who will take part in the human 'Game of Mah Jongg, The Great Dramatic Spectacle,' to be presented for the first time in the Washington Auditorium under the auspices of the Belleau Wood Memorial Association." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I Remember Mama: 1914

I Remember Mama: 1914

Well, not like this because she's only about 6 years old here. But there's her mama and it is San Francisco, anyway. The only people in this photo I do remember besides her are her twin brother (my Uncle Albert) and her older brother (my Uncle Frank). I never met her older sister (my Aunt Mary) or her mother and father. Missing from the group is her oldest brother, Uncle Jack, away at college. My grandfather, a carpenter, may have built this house; we do know that he rebuilt the family home that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This is a scan I made from the original 5x7 inch glass plate negative. View full size.

Bacon's Attic: 1936

Bacon's Attic: 1936

1936. "Bacon's Castle, James River vicinity, Surry County, Virginia. Built by Arthur Allen circa 1660. Seized and fortified during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Where the Bogs Are: 1911

Where the Bogs Are: 1911

September 1911. "Crowded tenement used by cranberry pickers ('Bravas' or 'black Portuguese,' from the islands of Cape Verde) in bogs near Wareham, Massachusetts." Gelatin silver print by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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