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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Stop and Go: 1928

Stop and Go: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Hedges & Middleton. Sullivan & Helan Co." Service station at Sixth Street and Rhode Island Avenue N.W. Note the traffic light with bottom lens labeled "GO." View full size. National Photo Co. glass negative.

 

MG vs. Cadillac: 1955

MG vs. Cadillac: 1955

Someone took this Ektachrome slide of my uncle in his newly-acquired MG around 1955, in front of his San Francisco home (on the right). Why the Caddy limo is there, or if it's connected with the event, I don't know; based on the front fender trim, I think it's a '54 (turns out it's a '53). Appears to be a registration certificate taped inside the windshield. I presume it's parked facing the wrong way on the street because Cadillac limos get to do that. Next-door neighbor kid seems entranced by the scene, as I would have been. Random red clouds are unexplained as well. View full size.

Flo and Chuck: 1918

Flo and Chuck: 1918

New York. March 16, 1918. "Florence A. Young and Chas. P. Rigo." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Frosted Foods: 1935

Frosted Foods: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Interior of D.G.S. Store, 3300 Connecticut Avenue, Cathedral Mansions." An interesting look at some Birdseye Packing Co. "Frosted Foods." View full size. 8x10 safety negative, National Photo Co. Note that by 1935, National Photo has made the jump from glass to film as a recording medium. Resulting in a more modern, contrastier look but a little less detail.

 

The Drugstore: 1924

The Drugstore: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Cathedral Mansions drug store." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Rock On: 1926

Rock On: 1926

August 2, 1926. "Miss Marjorie Joesting." Marjorie, the future Mrs. Arthur Lange, was both Miss Washington, D.C., and a Miss America runner-up at Atlantic City in 1926. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Metropolitan Home: 1924

Metropolitan Home: 1924

Washington circa 1924. Living room of a model apartment at Cathedral Mansions. Take that, Ikea! View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 
 
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