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Vintage photos of:
October 1942. "Men and women make efficient operating teams on riveting and other jobs at the Douglas Aircraft plant, Long Beach, Calif. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F 'Flying Fortress' heavy bomber, the A-20 'Havoc' assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane shown here for the carrying of troops and cargo." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.
March 14, 1922. Washington, D.C. "The old Corcoran House on H Street, which Daniel Webster occupied while Secretary of State, is now being razed to make way for the huge building which is to be the home of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
"We are signing the Victory Highway, San Francisco to N.Y."
San Francisco circa 1921. "White motor truck at Palace of Fine Arts -- California State Automobile Association." A project from the early days of long-distance motor travel, when auto clubs took the lead in establishing and marking routes between cities and across the country. 8x10 inch glass negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.
"Abe at home -- Jan. 20, 1952." The Tuttle patriarch amid a hothouse of floral motifs in Blue Earth, Minn. 35mm Kodachrome by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.
"Folks at 51st wedding anniversary - 17 Feb 1952." We return to Blue Earth, Minnesota, and the home of Abe and Julia Tuttle, parents of Hubert (behind the camera) and in-laws of the lovely Grace. Now, who'll have some of this delicious creamed corn? 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.