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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Moses and Sons: 1923

Moses and Sons: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "W.B. Moses & Sons, F and 11th Sts." Note the unusual circular windows at the top of the building. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Fossil Fuel: 1920

Fossil Fuel: 1920

Washington, D.C. "Penn Oil and truck." A relic of the Carboniferous Age circa 1920. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Got Pie?

Got Pie?

"Holmes Bakery, Ford truck, 1923." Another cog in the Holmes pastry-delivery machine. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Nancy Hamilton: 1926

Nancy Hamilton: 1926

"Nancy Hamilton, 9/9/26." View full size. National Photo Co. glass negative.

 

Happy Birthday to Me: 1955

Happy Birthday to Me: 1955

August 15, 1955. My ninth birthday. In answer to my request, we had turkey with all the trimmings. I'm pretending to carve. The camera this was taken with was probably a birthday present, thereby starting me on my road to photographic immortality. Poetic justice that the shot's out of focus. Gobble gobble.

Zip It Garage: 1919

Zip It Garage: 1919

District of Columbia, 1919. Willard Service Station, Washington Battery Co., 1623 L Street. The sign: "We respectfully request customers to refrain from talking to workmen. Any information desired will be cheerfully given out by floor superintendent." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Petro-Hut: 1920

Petro-Hut: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Penn Oil Co., Massachusetts Avenue & Wisconsin Avenue station." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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