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

Figgy and Leggy: 1938

Figgy and Leggy: 1938

April 27, 1938. "California Fig Ball. Made for Harold Thoreson, California State Society." And you thought fig balls were something Grandma made around Christmas. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Baby Shower: 1960

Baby Shower: 1960

This is my grandma (who is no longer alive), pregnant with my father, making this around 1960. I'm fascinated by the mural above the fireplace and the little figures on top, but perhaps someone might know what the black thing on the table is? And, of course, the big blue thing and television are awesome. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.

Two Cents a Glass: 1906

Two Cents a Glass: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Broad Street lunch carts." Hot dogs 3 cents each or two for a nickel; lemonade 1 and 2 cents a glass. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Kodachrome Goes to War: 1942

Kodachrome Goes to War: 1942

October 1942. "Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods. Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California." Skipping ahead to 2009, and the end of an era: Today Kodak announced that, after 74 colorful years, it will stop making Kodachrome film. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Eastern High: 1910

Eastern High: 1910

Washington, D.C., circa 1910. "Eastern High School." Points of interest in this unusually detailed portrait include caps and insignia of the High School Cadet Corps, Company F, and a cat. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Granddaddy: 1915

Granddaddy: 1915

"Francis Sayre Jr., baby, with Woodrow Wilson." The President and new grandson in 1915, less than a year after the death of his wife Ellen. View full size.

 

Daddy: 1915

Daddy: 1915

1915. Washington, D.C. "Francis Sayre Jr., baby, with father." Woodrow Wilson's son-in-law Francis B. Sayre with the President's new grandson. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size. Happy Father's Day from Shorpy.

 
 
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