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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Two Trains: 1924

Two Trains: 1924

"Train of 1862 & 1924 Limited - Great Northern." 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Nashville: 1864

Nashville: 1864

Fortified railroad bridge across the Cumberland River at Nashville, 1864. "Continuing his policy of the offensive at any cost, Gen. John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Gen. George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on this photograph is correct, it was taken in the course of the battle." View full size. Wet collodion glass stereograph by George N. Barnard.

 

Vanderbilt Cup: 1908

Vanderbilt Cup: 1908

Janatzy in the Vanderbilt Cup auto race. Possibly October 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. More posts from the race follow.

 

Always Be Careful: 1943

Always Be Careful: 1943

Vernon Brower riding the footboard of an Illinois Central diesel switch engine at the South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. May 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Stingy Mille

Stingy Mille

"Beggar, New York City." Circa 1912. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note cryptic graffiti chalked on building.

 

Robertson in Locomobile: 1908

Robertson in Locomobile: 1908

Vanderbilt Cup Auto Race, Robertson in Locomobile on track. October 24, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

San Francisco: 1906

San Francisco: 1906

"The Burning of the Call." The San Francisco Call newspaper building in flames after the April 18, 1906 earthquake. View full size. Pillsbury Picture Co.

 
 
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