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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Junkscape: 1935

Junkscape: 1935

November 1935. "Auto dump near Easton, Pennsylvania." Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Gingerbread House: 1936

Gingerbread House: 1936

January 1936. "Victorian cottage. Waveland, Mississippi." Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Big Gun: 1917

Big Gun: 1917

Circa 1917. "Military training. Loading big gun." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Cottage for Sale: 1921

Cottage for Sale: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "1804 Kearney Street N.E." If only these walls could talk. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dog Funeral: 1921

Dog Funeral: 1921

October 7, 1921. "Dog funeral." Aspen Hill Cemetery, final resting place for one Boots Snook, "dear old pal" of Mrs. Selma Snook of Washington. Today's funeral is for the recently departed Buster. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Scouts and Guides: 1864

Scouts and Guides: 1864

March 1864. "Brandy Station, Virginia. Scouts and guides of the Army of the Potomac." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of the war, winter quarters at Brandy Station. Standing, left to right: James Doughty, James Cammack (?), unknown, Henry W. Dodd, unknown, unknown. Seated: John Irving, Lt. Robert Klein of the 3d Indiana Cavalry, Dan Cole. On ground: Dan Plue, Lt. Klein's son, W.J. Lee, unknown, Mr. Wood, Sanford Magee, John W. Langdon. Wet-plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

For Sale: 1920

For Sale: 1920

"Washington Times. 4721 Georgia Avenue N.W." Circa 1920 comes this picture taken for a real-estate ad. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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