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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

A Yankee in Dixie: 1865

A Yankee in Dixie: 1865

April 1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Headquarters of Gen. John P. Hatch, South Battery." Wet plate negative attributed to George Barnard. View full size.

 

A Lawn, Alas: 1957

A Lawn, Alas: 1957

Los Angeles, 1957. "Trailer Life model." A model just waiting to get hitched? 5x7 acetate negative by Watson from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Bottled Up: 1943

Bottled Up: 1943

        UPDATE: Our astute commenters wasted no time in locating the photo in Minneapolis; Shorpy member "billymaz" identified the structure as a remnant of the 1886 Minneapolis Industrial Exposition Building. The building's final owner, the Coca-Cola Company, tore it down in 1940 to make room for a new bottling plant, leaving just the northwest tower, which stood for a few more years as a vestige of what was once one of the most prominent buildings in the city. (MNopedia)

This uncaptioned circa 1943 photo taken for the Office of War Information shows a brick tower, probably in the Upper Midwest, repurposed as advertising for War Bonds and Coca-Cola. Who'll be the first to tell us where this is? View full size.

 

Mr. Peanut: 1943

Mr. Peanut: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland -- peanut stand." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sad: 1937

Sad: 1937

June 1937. "Abandoned cafe in Carey, Texas. Carey is fast becoming a ghost town of the Texas plains." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Grass Routes: 1940

Grass Routes: 1940

July 1940. "Boys in Natchitoches, Louisiana, folding papers before delivering them in the afternoon." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Our Man in Montana: 1941

Our Man in Montana: 1941

August 1941. "Cowboy on a ranch horse in the corral at Quarter Circle U, Brewster-Arnold Ranch Company. Birney, Montana." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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