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Smoke and Steam: 1914

Smoke and Steam: 1914

Washington, D.C., circa 1914. "Covered train platforms of Union Station viewed from roof of the City Post Office at Massachusetts Avenue, with First Street N.E. seen along stone wall." At left is perhaps the main attraction of this view, one of the grittier sections of Washington, not usually captured in period photographs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

The Paddy Wagon: 1919

The Paddy Wagon: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Franklin Motor Car Co. police van." The latest in law enforcement. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pocket Fisherman: 1929

Pocket Fisherman: 1929

June 1929. "Young boy with bucket and pole on the Potomac." We hope you have a license to operate that thing. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Frigidaire: 1951

Frigidaire: 1951

June 1, 1951. "Raymond Loewy Associates, 'Look' kitchen." Which evidently had something to do with Look magazine. Oven-range and refrigerator by Frigidaire. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Peerless Dental Parlors: 1905

Peerless Dental Parlors: 1905

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905. "Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad office, Woodward & Jefferson Aves." Last seen here, without the barefoot newsie. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Game ON: 1952

Game ON: 1952

"Card game at Floyd's -- Feb. 11, 1952." In this latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes (or is it a Mama's Family prequel?) we have, going clockwise from lower left, Dottie, Ivan, Grace, Rach and Floyd playing Rummy Royal, with the empty chair belonging to Hubert, who took the picture. View full size.

Cafeteria Cuisine: 1943

Cafeteria Cuisine: 1943

May 1943. "Keysville, Virginia. Randolph Henry High School cafeteria. Typical lunch for 15 cents: candied yams, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad, deviled eggs, dessert and milk. Milk is free and children can have as much as they want." Photo by Philip Bonn for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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