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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Clerks: 1925

Clerks: 1925

July 16, 1925. Washington, D.C. "U.S. Patent Office." Information storage and retrieval in the analog age. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

'23 Skidoo

'23 Skidoo

1923. Washington, D.C. "Unidentified women." There are two glass negatives of these lovely ladies; the caption labels are blank. National Photo. View full size.

 

Heart of the Jungle: 1925

Heart of the Jungle: 1925

May 4, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Sadie Leigh Lewis." A quick spin through the newspaper archive turns up these tidbits: Sadie died in 1944 and was a direct descendant of George Washington's sister Betty and her husband, Col. Fielding Lewis. Who can help us fill in the blanks of Sadie's life? View full size.

 

Herman Delp: 1940

Herman Delp: 1940

August 1940. Du Bois, Pennsylvania. "Farmer and wife at the Tri-County Farmers Co-op Market." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Donnie Cole: 1910

Donnie Cole: 1910

November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "Donnie Cole. 'Our baby doffer,' they called him. This is one of the machines he has been working at for some months at the Avondale Mills. Said, after hesitation, 'I'm 12,' and another small boy added, 'He can't work unless he's twelve.' Child labor regulations conspicuously posted in the mill." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Mary Rollins: 1937

Mary Rollins: 1937

September 28, 1937. "Sees that Uncle Sam gets value in purchases. Miss Mary L. Rollins is responsible for seeing that the government gets value received for every dollar expended for paper and materials containing textile fibers. As fiber technologist of the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, she makes microscopic tests of typewriter paper, memo pads, envelopes, police uniforms, chair cushions, flags, etc. to determine whether the articles are delivered are represented when purchased." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Streets of Baltimore: 1906

Streets of Baltimore: 1906

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1906. "The Continental Building." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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