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Circa 1945-47. "Experimental kitchen model." Our second picture in this series of speculative designs addressing the postwar shortage of housing for mice. This model home has an open floorplan and open ceiling plan as well, with attic storage for giant cigars and oversize tins. Photo: Eric Schaal, Life archive. View full size.
From a series titled "Experimental housing models. Storage shed & garage, dining room & kitchen." Circa 1945-48, of the "Your Future Postwar Home" genre. Kodachrome transparency by Eric Schaal, Life photo archive. View full size.
Dec. 18, 1915. "Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt Wilson. Her jewelry store, Galt & Bro." When her husband died in 1908, Edith Galt took over the management of this store at 1107 Pennsylvania Ave.; the photo was taken on the day of her marriage to President Woodrow Wilson. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
1865. "Charleston Orphan Asylum, 160 Calhoun Street, used as a hospital for wounded Federal soldiers." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865." Wet-plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair, photographer unknown. View full size.