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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Cold War Christmas: 1960

Cold War Christmas: 1960

Christmas 1960. "Mrs. McKone, RB-47 wife." John McKone, an Air Force lieutenant whose plane was shot down over the Arctic Ocean by the Russians, came home in January 1961 after six months in Lyubyanka Prison. Blurry but atmospheric Kodachrome by Grey Villet, Life photo archive. View full size.

Toot-an-Kum-In: 1925

Toot-an-Kum-In: 1925

"Texaco Co., Sullivan & Helan station." This Amoco station at 14th and Belmont streets N.W. in Washington's Mount Pleasant neighborhood opened in July 1925. After the discovery of King Tut's tomb, the vogue for all things Egyptian extended even to gas stations. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Cutting Edge: 1920

Cutting Edge: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Moore's Auto Supply Shop, 20th & K streets N.W." Next door at Bowie's Tonsorial Parlor: "Hair-Cutting by Electricity." In addition to the usual services of facial massage and umbrella repair. View full size.

 

Before and After: 1918

Before and After: 1918

New York. October 5, 1918. "Army students' quarters, Columbia University." 5x7 glass negatives, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Wonderland Park: 1958

Wonderland Park: 1958

"9038 Wonderland Park Avenue, Los Angeles, 1958. Case Study House No. 21." Architect: Pierre Koenig. Color transparency by Julius Shulman. View full size. These two look pretty sophisticated and worldly. Wonder what they're saying?

The Pontch: 1910

The Pontch: 1910

The Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit, seen earlier today around 1907 in this post. Now it's circa 1910-1915 and it has a few extra floors trimmed Second Empire style to look like a giant mansard roof. Not too many years later it was torn down to make way for a bank. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Builders of Victory: 1943

Builders of Victory: 1943

"Bomber factory. No caption for this image." 1943 or 1944. So, what are they and where is Shop 301? Office of War Information safety negative. View full size.

 
 
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