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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Gimme Five: 1924

Gimme Five: 1924

Washington, D.C. "Roxie Stinson, figure in Teapot Dome scandal, has her fortune told, 3/27/24." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

        "Roxie Stinson, divorced former wife of the late Jess Smith, right-hand man to Attorney General Frank Daugherty, broke open the Teapot Dome investigations with sensational testimony of graft, bribes from bootleggers, and a crooked $33 million dollar oil deal."

 

Versatile Hauler: 1927

Versatile Hauler: 1927

San Francisco circa 1927. "Graham Bros. truck with stake bed body." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Maine Men: 1896

Maine Men: 1896

Circa 1896. "Ship's company, U.S.S. Maine." Two years before the battleship blew up and sank in Havana Harbor, killing most of the crew and precipitating the Spanish-American War. 8x10 glass negative by Edward H. Hart. View full size.

 

Too Tall to Fail: 1931

Too Tall to Fail: 1931

New York, 1931. "City Bank-Farmers Trust Building, William & Beaver streets." 11x13 gelatin silver print by Irving Underhill. View full size.

 

Jack's Sandwich Shop: 1941

Jack's Sandwich Shop: 1941

        UPDATE: Restaurant ID courtesy of Sagitta.

San Francisco circa 1941. "Restaurant counter." And another shot of the Buckley Music System "Music Box." (Selection No. 1: "Three at a Table for Two" by Dick Todd.) 8x10 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Mackey's Creamery: 1943

Mackey's Creamery: 1943

        UPDATE: Restaurant ID thanks to tterrace.

June 7, 1943. "Restaurant soda fountain, Sausalito, California." Anyone got a nickel? 8x10 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Initialized: 1922

Initialized: 1922

San Francisco circa 1922. "Simplex, Public Library." Wearing the monogram of one C.E.M. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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