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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Ghost Crossing: 1919

Ghost Crossing: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "The Brighton, 2123 California Street." Come play with us! 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Company. View full size.

 

The Southern: 1919

The Southern: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Southern Apartments, 123 G Street S.W. Formerly a Civil War barracks, stood near jail." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Babes in Arms: 1919

Babes in Arms: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Children's Hospital." ("Nurse, the doctor said they need I.V.'s") National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Elephant Boy: 1927

The Elephant Boy: 1927

August 1927. Winchester, Virginia. "Boy on elephant." View full size.

YOUNGSTERS APPLAUD EDUCATED ELEPHANT
AT SHENANDOAH VALLEY FAIR

        Tillie, the elephant who says "Papa" when her trainer speaks to her, was the hit of the afternoon. The talented pachyderm is one of a troupe of five performing elephants whose daily stunts will be one of the big features of this year's fair in Winchester. According to Dan Noonan, her trainer, Tillie is more than 100 years old. Her act was received with great applause.

 

Winning Swimmers: 1927

Winning Swimmers: 1927

August 27, 1927. "Raymond Ruddy, 15-year-old New York Athletic Club swimmer who won the race on the Potomac, with members of the victorious team -- Lee, Fissler, Farley and Geibel -- on Washington Canoe Club float at Chain Bridge." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

NEW YORK BOY, 15, IS WINNER
OF THREE-MILE SWIM ON POTOMAC

Raymond Ruddy First in Test for President's Cup

      "His tapering legs and well-formed body apparently visualized the Greek athlete to all, as this comparison was general as he stood on the Washington Canoe Club float at the finish."

-- Washington Post

RAY RUDDY, OLYMPIC SWIM STAR, KILLED
BY PLUNGE DOWN FLIGHT OF STAIRS

      Raymond Ruddy, whose achievements as a swimmer and water-poloist caused him to be ranked among the outstanding athletes of the world, died at 7 o'clock last night at the age of 27 in Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center from the effects of a fall twenty-four hours earlier.
      The swimmer was about to leave the home of his aunt when his foot caught in the carpet of a stairway leading down from the second floor. He lost his balance and fell nearly the entire flight, striking his head against a radiator on the first floor.

-- New York Times, Dec. 5, 1938

 

You Are Here: 1922

You Are Here: 1922

"Jewett touring car." Somewhere in Northern California, sometime in 1922, and You Are There. Blocking traffic. 8x6 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Honest Household: 1912

Honest Household: 1912

August 1912. Roxbury, Mass. "Home work on tags. Home of Martin Gibbons, 268 Centre Street. James 11, years old; Helen, 9 years; and Mary, 6, work on tags. Helen said she could tie the most (5,000 a day at 30 cents). Mary does some but can do only 1,000 a day. They work nights a good deal. The night before, Helen and James worked until 11 p.m." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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