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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Downtown Abbey: 1910

Downtown Abbey: 1910

Circa 1910. "Post office and First Street, Duluth, Minnesota." Continuing our visit to the Gopher State. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Coat Tree: 1910

Coat Tree: 1910

Circa 1910. "Capitol dome from Central Park, St. Paul, Minnesota." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Maple Street: 1910

Maple Street: 1910

Circa 1910. "Maple Street, Springfield, Mass." Where ivy was evidently quite popular. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bootleg Booze: 1922

Bootleg Booze: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Confiscated still -- 10/6/22." Our second look in as many days at Prohibition-era contraband. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Raggedy Henry: 1912

Raggedy Henry: 1912

February 1912. "Henry, 10-year-old oyster shucker who does five pots of oysters a day. Works before school, after school, and Saturdays. Been working three years. Maggioni Canning Co., Port Royal, South Carolina." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Perry Mason: 1958

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Perry Mason: 1958

April 4, 1958. "Photographs show actor Raymond Burr filming his television show Perry Mason with co-star Barbara Hale and others. Also includes Burr memoriz­ing lines with dialogue director Don Gardner; with executive producer Gail Pat­rick. Also Burr entertaining friends at his Malibu, Calif., home; feeding and playing with his pet dogs, duck, and burro; at the beach; helping move a large tree at the Mor­gan Nurseries." From photos by Maurice Terrell and Robert Vose for the Look magazine assignment "Raymond Burr: Perry Mason's prisoner." View full size.

 

Still of the Day: 1922

Still of the Day: 1922

November 11, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Still." Back-alley Mason jar hooch in the early years of Prohibition. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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