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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Express Strike: 1910

Express Strike: 1910

"Express Strike, New York City." In 1910, wagon drivers for Adams Express, American Express, Wells Fargo and other delivery companies went on strike, leading to riots and rock-throwing when the strike-breakers were called in. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Madama Butterbean: 1910

Madama Butterbean: 1910

The New Zealand-born soprano Frances Alda, who seems to have been something of a horticulturist. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Mme. Alda: 1909

Mme. Alda: 1909

"Alda relaxing at home." The soprano Frances Alda in 1909, a year before she married Metropolitan Opera manager Giulio Gatti-Casazza. She was said to have "a temper as red as her hair." George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

A Scout Is Thrifty: 1913

A Scout Is Thrifty: 1913

1913. "Boy Scouts, postal savings; Scouts depositing." I know there's someone out there who can translate that. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size. UPDATE: The Scout is "Gordon F. Chance, patrol leader." Details here.

 

Chimney City: 1864

Chimney City: 1864

"Nashville, 1864." Wet plate glass negative by George Barnard. View full size.

 

Marvin Maazel: 1921

Marvin Maazel: 1921

The pianist Marvin Maazel, uncle of conductor Lorin Maazel, circa 1921 in New York. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Apples for Orphans: 1925

Apples for Orphans: 1925

November 5, 1925. "National Apple Week at Washington Orphanage." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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