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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Five Little Naons: 1912

Five Little Naons: 1912

"Naon children, 1912." Romulo Naon Jr., son of the Argentinean ambassador, and siblings. I can't shake the feeling that some Goreyesque mishap is about to befall these gloomy tots. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Telephony: 1925

Telephony: 1925

Another look at the operations of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. in Washington circa 1925. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Christmas Special: 1962

Christmas Special: 1962

It's December 1962 and family and friends have gathered for a near-Christmas dinner. I've just gotten my first 35mm camera, a Kodak Retinette, and with the help of my trusty Kodak Master Photoguide, manage to ace this Kodachrome bounce-flash exposure. That's me, age 16, strategically positioned in front of my father, who's still in his supermarket work garb, so it's obviously not Christmas day. Next to me in front are Aunt Grace and Uncle Jack, my mother's oldest brother. At the time I probably thought his shirt/tie combo was corny, but now I love it. Mother's on the left looking pleased, perhaps because the serendipitous arrival of identical cards made for a pleasing symmetry in her card tree on the wall. In back, my brother and our friends Colleen and Bob. Bob had been my brother's Cal Poly college mate, and later lived with us a bit before marrying Colleen. View full size.

Big Muddy: 1920

Big Muddy: 1920

1920. "Duplex truck, Culpeper trip." Nat'l Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

To the Hounds: 1914

To the Hounds: 1914

1914. Middleburg, Virginia. "National Beagle Club of America. Kennels and dogs of J.B. Thomas." Our second look at the Piedmont Hunt Club kennels. Before he took on the Red Baron, Snoopy had to chase a few foxes. View full size.

 

Spud Noel: 1925

Spud Noel: 1925

"Volunteers of America, Christmas 1925." Another look at the VOA meeting hall in Washington, now filled with food baskets. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Silent Night: 1925

Silent Night: 1925

"Volunteers of America, Christmas 1925." A festive table, good friends and that venerable yuletide sentiment "Profanity Positively Forbidden -- Shut Up or Get OUT." Merry Christmas! National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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