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He Sleeps Where He Fell: 1864

He Sleeps Where He Fell: 1864

May 1864. "Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. Dead Confederate soldier near Mrs. Alsop's house." Wet-plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. Photos from Grant's Wilderness Campaign, May-June 1864. View full size.

 

Working Boys: 1910

Working Boys: 1910

May 17, 1910. Alton, Illinois, "Noon hour. These boys are all working in the Illinois Glass Company. Smallest boy, Frank Dwyer, 1009½ E. Sixth Street, says he has been working here three months. Joe Dwyer (brother) has been working here over two years. Henry Maul, 513 Central Avenue. Frank Schenk, lives with uncle, 611 Central Avenue. Emil Ohley, 1012 E. Sixth Street. William Jarett, 825 E. Fifth Street. Fred Metz, 707 Bloomfield Street. In addition to their telling me they worked, I saw them beginning work just before 1 p.m. Photo at 12:30." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Fruit and Nut: 1920

Fruit and Nut: 1920

"Allen car, 1920." And your little dog, too, on G Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Klassy Kamp: 1914

Klassy Kamp: 1914

Washington, D.C. (vicinity), 1914. "Summer camps on the Potomac. Klassy Kamp." I think there's probably enough going on in this one picture for a 10-part Ken Burns documentary. Note the Victrola and waterborne equivalent of a Coke machine. The Arlington Bottling sign on the boat advertises "Ginger Ale, Sarsaparilla, Lemon Soda." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Radiators R Us: 1920

Radiators R Us: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Wittstatt radiator shop, 13th Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Market Watch: 1921

Market Watch: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Center Market, 9th Street wing." Bananas, dancing and roller skating. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

End of the Line: 1921

End of the Line: 1921

July 15, 1921. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "House of street cars." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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