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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, c 1930s

Cakes to Go: 1938

Cakes to Go: 1938

October 4, 1938. "Cakes for sky riders. Air travelers leaving Washington Airport during National Air Travel Week, Oct. 2 through 9, are being given a special treat. Cakes baked from their favorite recipes are being put aboard each plane by chefs of the leading hotels in the Capital. Marjorie McKinnon, Eastern Airline hostess, is pictured receiving the delicacies from (left to right) Theophile Homberger, Hotel Hamilton; Eddie Weber, Shoreham Hotel; Joseph Cattaneo, Hotel Washington; Fritz Meissner, Hay-Adams; Abraham Grob, Wardman Park; Joseph Tucci, Raleigh; Jacques Haerringer, Shoreham; Otto Merz, Willard." View full size.

 

Dressed to Smoke

Dressed to Smoke

This mystery woman came from a small metal box of slides I found in a thrift store; they all appear to have been professionally done. There are various index tabs in the tray that may or may not be the names of the photographers who took the photos but other than that no idea what this is about. She is very elegant except for the 3-pack-a-day look around the eyes. View full size.

Pardon My Rack: 1943

Pardon My Rack: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Girl in the doorway of her room at a boarding­house." With photographer Esther Bubley (or sister Enid) front and center. Medium format negative for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Car Park: 1929

Car Park: 1929

San Francisco, 1929. "Franklin Brougham at Lafayette Park." Its telltale bollards standing guard. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Elmhurst Depot: 1899

Elmhurst Depot: 1899

Circa 1899. "Chicago & North Western Railway station, Elmhurst, Ill." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Having an Ice Time: 1951

Having an Ice Time: 1951

This is Rauleigh, previously seen in the colorful kitchen. He's almost 10 (Edit: I made a mistake, he is about 8 in these 1951 photos) in this Kodachrome taken at the "south porch" door of a cabin in Running Springs, California in 1951. From a set found in a thrift store. View full size.

Tailfin Roulette: 1963

Tailfin Roulette: 1963

October 1963. "Cars in parking garage at base of Marina Towers high-rise apartment building, Chicago." 35mm acetate negative from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Living on the Top." View full size.

 
 
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