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The Speedway: 1905

The Speedway: 1905

New York circa 1905. "The Speedway, Harlem River." Under Washington Bridge. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Visit Our Gift Shop: 1937

Visit Our Gift Shop: 1937

Florida circa 1937. "Old Spanish Inn, 43 George Street, St. Augustine. Dr. Chatelain's photographs. P.A. Wolfe, photographer." Fireplace in the "Grass Novelty Shop" of the Old Spanish Inn, also known as the De Mesa-Sanchez House. Acetate negative, Frances Benjamin Johnston collection. View full size.

 

Old Spanish Inn: 1937

Old Spanish Inn: 1937

Circa 1937. "Spanish Inn, 43 George Street, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Chatelain's photographs. P.A. Wolfe, photographer." Also known as the De Mesa-Sanchez House. Safety negative, collection of Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Baba Lulu: 1940

Baba Lulu: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "No caption." I guess we'll just have to make one up! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Father, Back in the Day: 1973

Father, Back in the Day: 1973

How fitting that we allow my father to indulge in one of his favorite activities on Father's Day? This conceivably might even be the day itself in 1973, but no guarantees. I'm pretty sure that's the Sunday paper he's reading. This was the period during which San Francisco's two remaining dailies had a joint operating agreement: weekdays the Chronicle had the AM, the Examiner the PM. Sundays were a combo effort: the hard news section and a roto magazine were from the Examiner, and all the features, including the Datebook (aka pink section), This World, their roster of columnists - in other words, all the interesting stuff - came from the Chronicle. This edition was often referred to as "The Exonicle" or "The Cronaminer."

This was taken in the ever-popular Salmon Kitchen, and I can spot three holdovers from the 1950s: Mother's 1955 O'Keefe & Merritt range, mostly behind the paper, the pink enamel and chrome rolling cart, and atop it our bright shiny chrome toaster. The rest of the cart housed mainly individual newspaper sections, magazines, dictionaries and World Almanacs my mother used for crossword puzzle references, and on the bottom shelf, a weighty accumulation of Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney catalogs.

My father was 71 when I, a mere stripling of 27, shot this Kodachrome slide.

Internal Revenue: 1920

Internal Revenue: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Internal Revenue -- income tax story." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hell Gate: 1942

Hell Gate: 1942

November 1942. "Hanna furnaces of the Great Lakes Steel Corporation, Detroit, Michigan. Coaling door atop coke ovens." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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