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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

High Modern: 1960

High Modern: 1960

July 8, 1960. "New York City views. Seagram Building plaza, from 400 Park Avenue roof." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Silent Army: 1925

The Silent Army: 1925

May 26, 1925. "Gen. Pershing at Arlington National Cemetery." Standing watch: masts for the Navy's wireless station, built in 1912 at Fort Myer. View full size.

 

Picnic in the Park: 1939

Picnic in the Park: 1939

August 1939. "Grants Pass, Oregon. 'California Day.' A picnic in town park on the Rogue River. Hot summer afternoon." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Bad Example: 1942

Bad Example: 1942

June 1942. "Industrial safety. Accident prevention. The employee who carries in such a way as to obscure his vision is not saving time -- he is endangering himself and his fellow workers. A few extra trips, or the use of a truck when necessary, eliminates possible man-hour loss from this hazard." Photo by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Utopia House: 1938

Utopia House: 1938

Summer 1938. "Utopia Children's House, Harlem, New York." Photo by Jack Allison for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Coconut Alley: 1894

Coconut Alley: 1894

Palm Beach, Fla., circa 1894. "Hotel Royal Poinciana, Lake Worth." 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Midcentury Mosaic: 1954

Midcentury Mosaic: 1954

Jan. 25, 1954. "H.F. Fischbach, residence at Hampshire House, Central Park South. Tile bathroom." You'll come for the plumbing but stay for the towels. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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