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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Manhattan: 1932

Manhattan: 1932

1932. "New York City views, skyline." Front-and-center is our old friend the Flatiron Building. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

The Turkish Castle: 1935

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The Turkish Castle: 1935

Circa 1935. "Palmyra (Tadmur, Syria). The Turkish castle. Kala'at Ibn Na'an." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

March 3, 1913. "Miss Marjorie Silvester and Buzzer the cat." Favored furry prop in the portrait studio of Arnold Genthe. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Fringe Group: 1917

Fringe Group: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Dulin & Martin Co. lamps." Back when fringed shades were the thing. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Harbor Springs: 1906

Harbor Springs: 1906

Michigan circa 1906. "Harbor Springs and Harbor Point, Little Traverse Bay." Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Joan Rivers: 1933-2014

Joan Rivers: 1933-2014

October 1968. From photographs by John Shearer for the Look magazine assignment "Rivers Delivers" -- "Comedienne Joan Rivers performing at clubs and on her television program That Show. Includes Rivers with guests; talking to audience members; with Johnny Carson; having makeup and hair done before performance. Also at home with husband Edgar Rosenberg and baby daughter Melissa; shopping in New York City." Click for Slideshow (17 images).

Leafy Enclave: 1906

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Leafy Enclave: 1906

1906. "Cottages at Harbor Springs, Michigan." The resort community in its early years. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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