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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THIS BREAKS THE BACK OF A BOOK, 1930s

The New President: 1921

The New President: 1921

"Harding inauguration, 1921." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Moving Day: 1924

Moving Day: 1924

February 2, 1924. "Home Sweet Home being moved to its permanent location, passing the south grounds of the White House. The building is to be used as a headquarters for the Girl Scouts of America." After eight months in Sherman Square the building, a "model American home" put up by the National Federation of Women's Clubs, was moved ("by hefty mules," said the Washington Post) to new digs at 18th Street and New York Avenue. The "snug little house" (weight 150 tons) was a replica of the Long Island residence of lyricist John Howard Payne, who 100 years earlier had written "Home Sweet Home." View full size.

 

Throwing the Switch: 1929

Throwing the Switch: 1929

February 27, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Testing installation for radio broadcast of the Inauguration." On the eve of the Great Depression, a sound check for the presidency of Herbert Hoover. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Letter Opener: 1916

Letter Opener: 1916

1916. Washington, D.C. "Post Office Department, opening machine." If you have sharp eyes and don't mind a little sleuthing, there is an interesting story to be gleaned here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mailometer: 1916

Mailometer: 1916

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Post Office Department, sealing machine." Which is a Mailometer. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Slaves Reunion: 1916

Slaves Reunion: 1916

Washington, D.C., circa 1916. "Slaves reunion. Lewis Martin, age 100; Martha Elizabeth Banks, age 104; Amy Ware, age 103; Rev. Simon P. Drew, born free." Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 921 N Street N.W. View full size.

 

John Henry: 1863

John Henry: 1863

October 1863. Bealeton, Virginia. "John Henry, servant, at headquarters, 3d Army Corps, Army of the Potomac." Wet-plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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