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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Turkeys to Washington: 1929

Turkeys to Washington: 1929

November 26, 1929. "Thanksgiving turkeys for the President." Two feathered and one automotive. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Smell the Bird: 1937

Smell the Bird: 1937

Dec. 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Correct way to bake turkey. H.E. McClure, of the Bureau of Husbandry, tests the turkey meat for odor." With this pungent image, Shorpy begins his seventh holiday season online and wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Five Across: 1910

Five Across: 1910

1910. "Grade separation under construction, probably upstate New York." Bring the family, and hold onto Junior! Maybe the rail historians out there can pinpoint where we are. 5x7 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Comedy of Motors: 1925

Comedy of Motors: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Cunningham auto and chorus girls." A little of everything going on here -- vaudeville, car trouble, assault! 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Wyoming Baseball: 1910s

Wyoming Baseball: 1910s

        UPDATE: Our astute commenters reveal the location to be Wyoming Valley Seminary College in northeastern Pennsylvania.

"Wyoming baseball" is all it says on this 4x5 negative, from the same batch of glass plates as these college lads. The buildings are another clue. View full size.

 

Gotham Rising: 1912

Gotham Rising: 1912

New York circa 1912. "The big buildings of Lower Manhattan." Landmark skyscrapers in this view (from where?) include the Woolworth (left) and Municipal buildings nearing completion, as well as the Singer and Bankers Trust towers. Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Tour de Fence: 1900

Tour de Fence: 1900

From the early 20th century, somewhere in the Northeast, comes this 4x5 inch glass negative with the caption "L.K. -- bicycles at spring." View full size.

 
 
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