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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Stewart's Castle: 1900

Stewart's Castle: 1900

Washington circa 1900. "Stewart's Castle, Dupont Circle." The William Morris Stewart house on Massachusetts Avenue, designed by Adolph Cluss, shortly before it was demolished. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Doffing All Summer: 1911

Doffing All Summer: 1911

September 1911. Winchendon, Massachusetts. "Batiste Joseph. Doffer in Glenallen Mill. Father and mother said he is 12 years old, has been doffing all summer, will go to school. Query: Will he go to school? Another boy, 13 years old in this mill, said, 'I'll stay at work until they come after me.' Older sister and parents illiterate." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Spontaneous Combustion: 1916

Spontaneous Combustion: 1916

"Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Treasury Department. Fire, February 21, 1916, from spontaneous combustion." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Jumping-Off Point: 1923

Jumping-Off Point: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Opening of bathing beach." A diving platform in the Potomac Tidal Basin. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

The Toyopet Kid: 1960

The Toyopet Kid: 1960

In answer to countless requests for photos of 13-year-old boys smoking pipes while driving the automobile ultimately to be called the Toyota, I hereby submit this 35mm Kodacolor negative my brother took in January 1960. Full disclosure: it's my brother's unlit pipe and I'm not driving. I'm in a parked 1960 Crown Custom at Hil Probert's Toyopet dealership in Larkspur, California. That's our house up the hill at the top right. Note the special bonus for fellow Shorpy obsolete car make aficionados. View full size.

Queen of the Road: 1963

Queen of the Road: 1963

Here's the companion photo to the 1963 road trip to Canada last seen here at the roadside breakfast picnic table. This time it's Mom's turn at the Coleman, but no note about which meal or where this was. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

American Gothic: 1923

American Gothic: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Sherman house, 300 block Third Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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