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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Magic Moment: 1960

Magic Moment: 1960

One of my favorite places, the Sonoma Coast south of the mouth of the Russian River, captured by my brother during the golden hour on 35mm Kodacolor. His college friend Bob and me, gazing toward the setting sun. View full size.

Little House: 1925

Little House: 1925

May 16, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Mrs. Herbert Hoover and Mrs. James Ford at Girl Scouts' Little House," a cottage that served at different locations as model home and scouting headquarters. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Lying-In Hospital: 1908

Lying-In Hospital: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Lying-In Hospital, Second Avenue." A peek behind the scenes at the Lying-In (or maternity) hospital, which in addition to scalpels had a number of cutting-edge medical devices. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

George, Betty and Matt: 1903

George, Betty and Matt: 1903

A 1903 portrait made in Boston of my grandfather Matt as baby. His Aunt Betty is holding him, with his mother on the left in that fabulous hat. Her name was George -- really! I think the snow is a nice touch. View full size.

The Women of Radio: 1925

The Women of Radio: 1925

1925. "Atwater Kent radio factory, Philadelphia. New addition." Can we pick up the pace, girls? National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Summer of '41, 2.0

The Summer of '41, 2.0

A colorized version of Russell Lee's "Summer of '41," posted here in 2007. View full size. I wrote an article for Rangefinder Publishing's AfterCapture magazine detailing my technique. You can download "Colorizing a Memory" here.

On the Same Team: 1943

On the Same Team: 1943

March 1943. "Negro Marines prepare for action. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200-square-mile Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, at New River, North Carolina. Evidence of the lack of racial friction may be seen in the sports program at the camp. On the baseball team Negro enlistees and white non-com officers are teammates. Camp Lejeune has its own baseball league, with the Montford Point team a strong contender for championship honors." Medium-format safety negative by Roger Smith for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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