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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAY GUN WATER PISTOL, 1953

Ahoy, Matey: 1925

Ahoy, Matey: 1925

March 14, 1925. New York. "Isabella Fosta, soprano." And traveling companion. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Dort Sport: 1921

Dort Sport: 1921

San Francisco. "Dort touring car, 1921." Latest display at the Shorpy Exposition of Obscure Autos. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Cone of Loudness: 1922

Cone of Loudness: 1922

October 1922. New York. "Kopp" is all it says on this glass negative depicting a pair of kettledrums next to what might be a speaker horn or a mega-microphone. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

National Benefit Life: 1921

National Benefit Life: 1921

Washington, D.C, circa 1921. "National Benefit Life Insurance, interior." Described in contemporary accounts as the nation's largest "colored insurance company." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, retouched to obscure whatever is on the wall behind that lamp in the corner. View full size.

 

Warbler on the Roof: 1922

Warbler on the Roof: 1922

July 12, 1922. New York. The soprano and vocal coach Estelle Liebling, instructor of Beverly Sills and a young Meryl Streep. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Den of Vice: 1900

Den of Vice: 1900

Bloomington, Illinois, 1900. "Adlai Stevenson residence." Home of Grover Cleveland's vice president, congressman and grandfather of the presidential candidate. Also William Jennings Bryan's vice presidential running mate when this photo was taken. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Bank of America: 1943

Bank of America: 1943

May 1943. "San Francisco, California. The Bank of America." Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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