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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Gamers: 1924

Gamers: 1924

"Radio at Garfield Hospital, Washington, circa 1924." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

ER: 1924

ER: 1924

"Garfield Hospital, Washington" circa 1924. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Boho Wedding: 1922

Boho Wedding: 1922

"Better 'Ole Wedding." Informal nuptials circa 1922 at the Better 'Ole, a Greenwich Villagey "bohemian" nightspot in Washington, D.C., that, while short-lived, made its mark. In 1935 the Washington Post called it "the first real night club of the so-called 'night club era.' " The article continues: "It was started by Charles W. Smith, now the noted black-and-white artist, had a membership charge of $1 and was located on the second floor of a three-story building at 1515 U Street. A hot colored dance orchestra held forth in a room decorated with drapes in a sort of cubist style." More here. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Big Fun: 1928

Big Fun: 1928

Roller coaster at the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1928. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Cimarron: 1936

Cimarron: 1936

April 1936. "Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma." Perhaps Arthur Rothstein's best known Dust Bowl image, and overall one of most memorable photographs to come out of the entire FSA/OWI program. Gelatin silver print by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Dust Bowl Boy: 1936

Dust Bowl Boy: 1936

April 1936. "Son of farmer in dust bowl area. Cimarron County, Oklahoma." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size. Arthur's daughter Annie Rothstein-Segan writes in with a reminder that Documenting the Face of America, about the thousands of Depression/WW2 era photos taken by her dad and others under the auspices of the FSA-OWI, premieres tonight at 10 on PBS. NYT article.

 

Fables la Fontaine: 1924

Fables la Fontaine: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Maret French School." The book: "Fables la Fontaine." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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