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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • EGYPT FOR WINTER SUNSHINE, 1937

When Fancy Met Schmancy: 1927

When Fancy Met Schmancy: 1927

"Franklin sedan, San Francisco, 1927." An upscale auto parked outside an imposing home whose balcony seems to have been modified for keeping chickens or children. 5x7 glass inch negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Back Story: 1925

Back Story: 1925

        UPDATE: Shorpy member Ben Roundabloc reveals our inscribed ingenue to be the actress Dorothy Appleby, who featured in the theatrical revue "Puzzles of 1925."

January 1925. Washington, D.C. "Man painting woman's back" is all it says here. Who can help fill in the blanks? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Bonus or Bust: 1932

Bonus or Bust: 1932

      The "bonus" was a benefit, specified by the World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924, that WW1 veterans were supposed to redeem no earlier than 1945; their demands for early compensation during the depths of the Depression led to the Bonus Army protests of 1932, in which some 40,000 mostly unemployed veterans gathered from across the United States to demonstrate for cash-payment redemption of their service certificates.

1932. "'Bonus or Bust, Orlando to Washington' -- shanty in encampment built by World War I veterans in the Bonus Expeditionary Force in Washington, D.C." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gratiot Light: 1901

Gratiot Light: 1901

Circa 1901. "Gratiot Light, Port Huron, Michigan." A great lighthouse on a Great Lake! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cobb Cottage: 1900

Cobb Cottage: 1900

Circa 1900. "Nathan Cobb house, a summer cottage, Ormond, Fla." A residence built from materials salvaged from the wrecked schooner Nathan F. Cobb, which capsized and ran aground off Ormond Beach in 1896. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Young Salts: 1900

Young Salts: 1900

The Jersey Shore circa 1900. "Children playing in the surf at Asbury Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Vroom With a View: 1928

Vroom With a View: 1928

San Francisco circa 1928. "DeSoto sedan cresting hill." Last seen here a year ago, making steady progress up Webster Street toward points unknown. 5x7 inch glass negative by automotive impresario Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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