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Vintage photos of:
New York circa 1931. "Irving Trust Building, 1 Wall Street." The Art Deco behemoth on the right, with Trinity Church and its cemetery in the foreground and Equitable Building on the left, along with American Surety, the Bankers Trust pyramid and Bank of Manhattan (rear). Irving Underhill photo. View full size.
April 1923. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Marathon dancers." Participants in a pop culture fad that lasted well into the 1930s; woman on the right holds a Baltimore newspaper clipping with the headline DANCERS BREAK WORLD RECORD AND DISAPPEAR. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.