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

Broughton From Bull: 1907

Broughton From Bull: 1907

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1907. "Broughton Street from Bull." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bank of Bisbee: 1940

Bank of Bisbee: 1940

        The Bank of Bisbee had a starring role in "Violent Saturday," a 1955 film noir shot on location with Bisbee recast as "Bradenville," and Ernest Borgnine somewhat improbably playing an Amish farmer whose family is held hostage by bank robbers.

May 1940. "Bank in copper mining center of Bisbee, Arizona." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Fifth Avenue Hotel: 1901

Fifth Avenue Hotel: 1901

New York circa 1901. "Fifth Avenue Hotel, southwest corner of Madison Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Fouquet House: 1904

Fouquet House: 1904

1904. "Fouquet House and Delaware & Hudson R.R. station, Plattsburgh, N.Y." Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Hollywood and Vine: 1963

Hollywood and Vine: 1963

The historic Capitol Records Tower and Equitable Building dominate my slide from August 1963. But we're more interested in the Checker cab, the weird streetlight, the fallout shelter sign, the men in suits, the women in hats carrying purses and the Via Vigna Inn, aren't we? Less interesting: bizarre color issues courtesy Montgomery Ward-branded film. View full size.

Among the Eucalypti: 1926

Among the Eucalypti: 1926

San Francisco, 1926. "Rickenbacker coupe." Today's selection from the Shorpy Archive of Arboreal Autos. 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

Aquatic Park: 1966

Aquatic Park: 1966

For a change, here are some cars in San Francisco that aren't 90 to 100 years old. My favorite part, though, is the family photo op in progress over on the left, which I just now noticed. I was in Ghirardelli Square when I took this Kodachrome slide in summer 1966. View full size.

Sunnyside Mill: 1940

Sunnyside Mill: 1940

September 1940. Eureka, Colorado. "The Sunnyside mill, now abandoned. There is still gold ore here but the best has been taken out and now the lower grades which are expensive to process do not attract the mine and mill operators." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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