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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Aperture: 1944

Aperture: 1944

May 1944. "New York. A small boy arriving at Greenwich House, where he is enrolled in a nursery school program, receives day care while his mother works." Another perspective on the door glimpsed earlier here. Photo by the wonderfully named Risdon Tillery for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Real Estate Exchange: 1918

Real Estate Exchange: 1918

"Real Estate Exchange from Dime Bank building." An early Detroit skyscraper, known for most of its life as the Cadillac Square Building, around the time it was completed in 1918. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Self-Service: 1920

Self-Service: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Nation's Business." Back at the filling station seen here yesterday. 8x10 inch glass negative by Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

It Is the Fad: 1905

It Is the Fad: 1905

        IT IS THE FAD — YOUR PICTURE IN AN AUTO, 10¢

Circa 1905. "Along the boulevard -- Revere Beach, Massachusetts." Note the sign at the tintype photo parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Queen of Clubs: 1914

Queen of Clubs: 1914

1914. "Illustration for McClure's magazine." (Disclaimer: No models were harmed in the making of this picture.) Glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Working Moms: 1944

Working Moms: 1944

May 1944. New York. "Two working mothers calling for children at Greenwich House, a neighborhood center, where they have left them early in the morning for day care." Photo by Risdon Tillery, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Filtered Gasoline: 1920

Filtered Gasoline: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Nation's Business." A photo made by Harris & Ewing for that magazine, giving an unusually detailed look at the gas station (and gas pump) of a century ago. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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