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

Propellerhead: 1918

Propellerhead: 1918

June 1, 1918. Katherine Stinson, "the flying schoolgirl," and her plane at Sheepshead Bay Speedway in Brooklyn after completing a flight from Chicago. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

One-Legged Race: 1919

One-Legged Race: 1919

New York City circa 1918. "Start of cripples' one-legged race." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Sky King: 1923

Sky King: 1923

"Balloon, 1923." The fez wearers would seem to indicate a connection with the Shrine convention held in Washington in June 1923. View full size.

 

Drunken Ducks: 1925

Drunken Ducks: 1925

Sept. 5, 1925. "Intoxicated ducks at 611 Yon.[?] Street." This one's a mystery to me. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Streetcar Named Clio: 1900

A Streetcar Named Clio: 1900

"Royal Street, New Orleans, circa 1900." The sign on the car reads CLIO ST. Who can tell us more? Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Call Me Rich: 1910

Call Me Rich: 1910

St. Louis, May 1910. "The boy on the right, nicknamed Turk, said he was going to Texas soon. The investigator found him recently with $1.75 he had just won at craps." The same boys seen here. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

A Typical Group: 1910

A Typical Group: 1910

New York, July 1910. "A typical group of messengers at Postal Telegraph Company's main office, 253 Broadway. During hot weather they wear these shirtwaists. (A Suggestion for the other companies.)" Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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