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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LONDON UNDERGROUND, 1913

Conflagration: 1908

Conflagration: 1908

Nov. 15, 1908. "Pacific Railroad Depot fire, Los Angeles. Fourth Street between Hill and Broadway." 8x10 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

Los Angeles Express, Nov. 16, 1908:

FIRE DESTROYS L.A.P. BUILDING

        Flames broke out in the basement of the Los Angeles Pacific building at 314 W. Fourth St., adjoining the Broadway Department Store, at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon and threatened serious loss.

        The fire is believed to have had its origin in the rear of the basement, under the Sunset Bakery, at 320 W. 4th Street.

        Fourth Street from Broadway to Hill was speedily roped off to keep the crowds back, and Broadway became a mass of humanity within a few minutes. Great volumes of smoke could be seen rolling up over the Broadway Department Store, creating the impression that it was that great store which was burning.

        So quickly did the flames spread in the lower portions of the Los Angeles Pacific Building that the clerks and stenographers of the railway company in the offices on the second floor could not reach safety by the stairway or elevator. Fifteen girls and women were taken from the windows of the second floor with ladders.

        The clouds of smoke that rolled from the building did not begin to compare in size with the cloud of spectators which sought to reach the scene of the fire.

 

Fix-a-Flat: 1937

Fix-a-Flat: 1937

March 1937. "Migratory agricultural worker family making tire repairs along California highway U.S. 99." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Junior League: 1927

Junior League: 1927

"Cadillac (Flappers, 1927) at de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park." Check out those headlights! 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Digging Out: 1899

Digging Out: 1899

"Blizzard '99 - cleaning the streets after New York snowstorm." Photo by Byron. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sailor Burke: 1911

Sailor Burke: 1911

New York, 1911. "Sailor Burke." The Brooklyn-born welterweight champion known to his mother as Charles Presser, and someone you wouldn't want to meet in a well-lit alley. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Brandon Plantation: 1931

Brandon Plantation: 1931

1931. "Brandon, James River, Prince George County, Virginia. Built ca. 1730 by Nathaniel Harrison II and for two centuries the home of the Harrison family. The central block connecting the two older wings is supposed to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1789 upon his return from France." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Blizzard: 1899

The Blizzard: 1899

New York, 1899. "Dumping snow carts at the river after a blizzard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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