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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

What Goes Around: 1905

What Goes Around: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Children's Day -- Playground at Belle Isle Park." Somewhere under all those kids, there's a merry-g-round. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Continental Hall: 1924

Continental Hall: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Memorial Continental Hall, 17th Street N.W." National headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gloria Victis: 1903

Gloria Victis: 1903

Baltimore circa 1903. "Confederate Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Mount Royal Avenue." Sculptor Frederic Ruckstull's allegorical bronze "Spirit of the Confederacy," whose Latin inscription means "Glory to the Vanquished." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

What Sorcery: 1907

What Sorcery: 1907


What sorcery within a night has made
a city street into a fairy glade?

Detroit circa 1907. The normally prosaic Detroit Publishing caption writers got creative on this one. Added attraction: whimsical mailbox graffito. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Upwardly Mobile: 1923

Upwardly Mobile: 1923

San Francisco circa 1923. "Studebaker Big Six touring car." At the Vanderbilt Apartments. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Down the Hatch: 1951

Down the Hatch: 1951

January 29, 1951. "S.S. Independence, American Export Lines. Staircase down." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Resting Comfortably: 1918

Resting Comfortably: 1918

        "The goody bag is nice, but I asked for a glass of ROSÉ."

June 14, 1918. "Red Cross comfort bag in the American Military Hospital No. 1 at Neuilly, France." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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