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Vintage photos of:
The Oriental Hotel, at the eastern end of the Coney Island peninsula, opened in 1880 and was demolished in 1916.
1903. "Oriental Hotel and boardwalk, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York." Panorama of two 8x10 glass negatives, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
1924. "The latest in radio development which has been perfected by Mr. H.P. O'Reilly of Washington, D.C." Which seems to incorporate a "Telegraphone," the early wire recorder alluded to on the wall. Never miss another radio program again! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
May 3, 1955. "Model kitchen in Chicago showroom. Advertisement for Crane fixtures." Presenting, if not the Kitchen of Tomorrow, at least the Breakfast Nook of Next Wednesday. Photo by Bill Hedrich, Hedrich-Blessing Studio. New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. View full size.
June 1943. "Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bernice Stevens of Braddock, Pa., mother of one child, employed in the engine house of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earns 58 cents per hour. She is cleaning a locomotive with a high pressure nozzle. Her husband is in the Army." Photo by Marjory Collins. View full size.
April 12, 1966. "Sandy Koufax, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the locker room signing baseballs." Photo by Phil Bath for Look magazine. View full size.