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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A HOBO AND HIS DOG, c 1900

Uneasy Rider: 1931

Uneasy Rider: 1931

San Francisco, 1931. "Auburn at Golden Gate Park." Similar to the car seen earlier here. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Industrial Tableau: 1900

Industrial Tableau: 1900

Lake Erie circa 1900. "Harbor entrance at Conneaut, Ohio." Where ore from the Lake Superior iron ranges was unloaded for transport by rail to the smelting furnaces of Ohio and Pennsylvania. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1942

This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1942

November 1942. Babies' Hospital, New York. "Nurse training. At the ping-pong table in the game room, Susan Petty, student nurse, enjoys a bit of relaxation after a busy day's work in the wards." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

 

Union Square: 1958

Union Square: 1958

Union Square, San Francisco, looking north up Powell Street, circa 1958. I believe my parents were in America at the time to attend the 13th Junior Chamber International World Congress at the Hotel Leamington in Minneapolis; I am only assuming this as there is a transparency in the same container in a similar mount of the front of the hotel with a "Welcome JCI" sign under the veranda, so they may have all been photographed and processed around the same time period. If a Shorpy detective can narrow down the year that would be most welcome so I can date these transparencies in this album.

This Kodachrome transparency, taken by my father using a Kodak Retina 1a camera, is one of many that he had photographed over the years; I'm scanning the collection myself, using an Epson V370 photo & slide scanner. As I progress through all the transparencies I will post some more of the interesting late '50s America images here. View full size.

Wait, Watchers: 1943

Wait, Watchers: 1943

July 1943. Washington, D.C. "Waiting for the parade to recruit civilian defense volunteers." Entertaining themselves with the hand-held device known as a "newspaper." Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Take Five: 1922

Take Five: 1922

New York circa 1922. "Paul Specht Orchestra, Hotel Astor Roof Garden." Take five, boys, and don't burn the house down. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Ahoy, Matey: 1925

Ahoy, Matey: 1925

March 14, 1925. New York. "Isabella Fosta, soprano." And traveling companion. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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