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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Alley Cad: 1954

Alley Cad: 1954

1954. Washington, D.C. "Hibbs Building, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Exterior." 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Rugs & Bric-a-Brac: 1905

Rugs & Bric-a-Brac: 1905

Circa 1905. "Main Street -- Mackinac Island." Where pedestrians may avail themselves of Bailey's, a Buffet, Bazaar and Bric-a-Brac. View full size.

 

Mickey Rooney: 1936

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Mickey Rooney: 1936

1936. "Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in the film Riffraff." The former child star and Hollywood icon died yesterday at age 93, rolling credits on a career that spanned two centuries. MGM publicity photo. View full size.

 

The Barge Office: 1900

The Barge Office: 1900

Circa 1900. "Barge Office, New York." Meet you at the Lunch Wagon. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Northward Bound: 1942

Northward Bound: 1942

September 1942. "Richwood, W. Va. Station scene at departure of men to help in the harvest in upstate New York." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Odd Jobs: 1902

Odd Jobs: 1902

        "We are decent lads and would be delighted to have your sister or daughter to tea."

New Zealand circa 1902. "Three men at campsite doing odd jobs, showing one man chopping wood, one man doing dishes and the other man cooking, possibly Christchurch district." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Student Driver: 1942

Student Driver: 1942

June 1942. "Light tank, Fort Knox, Kentucky." 4x5 inch Kodachrome trans­parency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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