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

House of Signs: 1936

House of Signs: 1936

April 1936. "Blight -- 1316 West Walnut Street. Milwaukee, Wisc." Medium format negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Junior Eight: 1926

Junior Eight: 1926

San Francisco circa 1926. "Locomobile Junior Eight Brougham at City Hall." Bearing the monogram "PMN." 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

Metropolitan Life: 1912

Metropolitan Life: 1912

1912. "Campus Martius, City Hall and Detroit Opera House." Other points of interest in this view along Woodward Avenue at Fort Street include the Bagley Memorial Fountain, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and Majestic Building. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Municipal Palace: 1907

Municipal Palace: 1907

Cincinnati circa 1907. "Federal Building (Custom House and Post Office)." Alfred B. Mullett, architect. Completed 1885, demolished 1936. View full size.

 

Jumping Jacques: 1918

Jumping Jacques: 1918

September 1918. Dinard, France. "Calestenic Exercises before their swim. Little refugee boys from Nancy at their American Red Cross home at Saint Lunaire. Facilities for refugee children from the devastated regions can accommodate over 500." 5x7 glass negative by Guerin & Chamberlain. View full size.

 

A Happy Time: 1918

A Happy Time: 1918

September 1918. "Shell Shock patients having a happy time fishing and swimming under the walls of the old chateau. These American soldiers are recovering from war neurosis, as the scientists now call the condition that used to be described as 'shell-shock.' Capt. A.E. Dennis, American Red Cross hospital representative for the U.S. Army camp at Blois, has obtained wonderful results by taking a number of these patients away from the noise and congestion of the hospital to the quiet out-door life in the forest of the Chateau Chambord near Blois." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Hine for the American Red Cross. View full size.

 

Covert Auction: 1938

Covert Auction: 1938

July 1938. Douglas, Georgia. "Wife of sharecropper in town to sell their crop at the tobacco auction." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 
 
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