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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Petticoat Junction: 1940

Petticoat Junction: 1940

July 1940. "Street scene at the fiesta in Santa Fe, New Mexico." Our third look at the festive goings-on here, and we'll let someone else explain the skirt-brella. Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Kheel Tower: 1939

Kheel Tower: 1939

Oct. 8, 1939. "315 Seventh Avenue, New York City. General view." William Hohauser's 1920s skyscraper presides over the fur district, which includes the Bilt-Rite Fur Machine Co. 5x7 negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Porifera Aplenty: 1906

Porifera Aplenty: 1906

Circa 1906. "Sponge yard along the docks. Nassau, Bahama Islands." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Reliable Hams: 1943

Reliable Hams: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Street under viaduct." Where the manufacturing is Dependable and the hams are Reliable. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

On the Radar: 1952

On the Radar: 1952

September 1952. "Man in an airport control tower looking at radar screen." From photos by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "International Airport." Who'll be first to locate this anonymous airfield? View full size.

 

Star Car: 1922

Star Car: 1922

San Francisco circa 1922. "Star auto ascending steep grade." With a shout-out to FS and WL. 5x7 inch glass plate by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Favorite Daughters: 1916

Favorite Daughters: 1916

Fair Exponents of Dance and Song in "Gypsy Prince"

CHORUS OF "FAVORITE DAUGHTERS"

       March 7, 1916 -- In "The Gypsy Prince," presented last night at Rauscher's for the benefit of the Junior League, one of the most striking features was the chorus of "Favorite Daughters," represented above. Reading from left to right, they are Miss Mildred Anderson, Miss Margaret Howard, Miss Katherine Burdette, Miss Margaret Fahnestock, Miss Marie Sims, Miss Pocahontas Butler, Miss Dorothy Deeble and Miss Grace Overman.

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Gypsy Prince, group." Eight Misses whose act was a hit. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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