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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

House Beautiful: 1959

House Beautiful: 1959

Feb. 23, 1959. "Salisbury, residence in Hobe Sound, Fla. Ocean facade. William Kemp Caler, architect. For House Beautiful." The cocktail hour commences on the patio in five minutes. 5x7 inch negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

High Gear: 1926

High Gear: 1926

OVER CALIFORNIA ST. IN HIGH GEAR

FROM KEARNEY ST. UP "EASILY"
FROM 60 TO 75 MILES PER HOUR -- ALL DAY LONG
75 MILES PER HOUR AS SMOOTH AS 30 MILES
ONLY CAR THAT WILL DO IT -- REGARDLESS OF PRICE

"KISSEL STRAIGHT EIGHT"

HORACE HILLS -- 1910 VAN NESS

San Francisco, 1926. "Kissel Straight Eight on California Street." Around 150 Kissels are said to survive, out of the 35,000 manufactured before the company expired in 1930. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Baby Blasé: 1930

Baby Blasé: 1930

March 1930. Washington, D.C. "Junior League members at Children's Hospital." Baby's first word: Meh. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Little Brother: 1916

Little Brother: 1916

January 5, 1916. New York. "Dickerson, Master, and sister [Dorothy], portrait photograph." 5x7 inch glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Approach With Caution: 1919

Approach With Caution: 1919

San Francisco City Hall circa 1919. "Peerless truck." Three young ladies aboard what seems to be some sort of street-cleaning, finger-ripping machine. Hide your children and stand clear! 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Public Space: 1925

Public Space: 1925

1925. "Convention Hall bowling alleys, lobby." Mezzanine of a long-vanished Washington D.C. landmark, the old Liberty Market at Fifth and K streets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Avenue of Palms: 1905

Avenue of Palms: 1905

Palm Beach circa 1905. "Avenue of Palms between the Royal Poinciana Hotel and the Breakers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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