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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

A Place in the Country: 1933

A Place in the Country: 1933

1933. "Benson, Mary, Mrs. -- residence." Its owner last glimpsed dining alfresco sur mer. 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Sporting Life: 1935

Sporting Life: 1935

April 17, 1935. "Pontiac convertible coupe at Tanforan racetrack, San Bruno." This fine filly looks like a mudder! 8x10 inch nitrate negative. View full size.

 

A Small Hotel: 1925

A Small Hotel: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "George Washington Inn, C Street S.E." Last glimpsed here and here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Be My Guest: 1926

Be My Guest: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "George Washington Inn." Not pictured: the big spooky house out back where Mother lives. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Goodyear Girls: 1932

Goodyear Girls: 1932

"Goodyear Girls bathing beauties in San Francisco -- September 14, 1932." Spreading the gospel of Proper Inflation. 8x10 nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Conflagration: 1908

Conflagration: 1908

Nov. 15, 1908. "Los Angeles Pacific Railroad fire, Fourth Street between Hill and Broadway." 8x10 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

Los Angeles Express, Nov. 16, 1908:

FIRE DESTROYS L.A.P. BUILDING

        Flames broke out in the basement of the Los Angeles Pacific building at 314 W. Fourth St., adjoining the Broadway Department Store, at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon and threatened serious loss.

        The fire is believed to have had its origin in the rear of the basement, under the Sunset Bakery, at 320 W. 4th Street.

        Fourth Street from Broadway to Hill was speedily roped off to keep the crowds back, and Broadway became a mass of humanity within a few minutes. Great volumes of smoke could be seen rolling up over the Broadway Department Store, creating the impression that it was that great store which was burning.

        So quickly did the flames spread in the lower portions of the Los Angeles Pacific Building that the clerks and stenographers of the railway company in the offices on the second floor could not reach safety by the stairway or elevator. Fifteen girls and women were taken from the windows of the second floor with ladders.

        The clouds of smoke that rolled from the building did not begin to compare in size with the cloud of spectators which sought to reach the scene of the fire.

 

Fix-a-Flat: 1937

Fix-a-Flat: 1937

March 1937. "Migratory agricultural worker family making tire repairs along California highway U.S. 99." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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