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Vintage photos of:
"Unidentified man with hat." 1919 or 1920. View full size. National Photo Co. Update: This is none other than National Photo Company founder and proprietor Herbert E. French, who donated his entire inventory of glass and film negatives to the Library of Congress. Where someone should have their knuckles rapped!
May 1864. "Rappahannock River, Virginia. Ruins of bridge at Germanna Ford, where the troops under General Grant crossed May 4." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy O'Sullivan. View full size. (Though the caption on the negative sleeve says Rappahannock, Germanna Ford seems to have been on the Rapidan River.)
December 16, 1963. Fire destroys the old gymnasium at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Arson suspected. The building had already been condemned for public assembly and was scheduled for demolition. In a way, the beginning of the end of the mission revival architecture of this institution, of which nothing remains on the present campus. Also: 1960 Thunderbird; vintage Van Pelt fire engine, but I can't identify the original truck make. Plus a really vintage, even for 1963, pedestrian signal at the extreme left. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.