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

Frank Lloyd Wright PO: 1962

Frank Lloyd Wright PO: 1962

I thought I'd get on the Frank Lloyd Wright bandwagon with this Kodachrome I took in December 1962 of the only federal government building Wright designed. It's the Post Office at the Marin County Civic Center, itself one of Wright's last projects. That's my brother adding a human interest angle. The neat half globe fell victim to vandalism long ago and was never replaced. I apologize for the lack of a Pontiac Bonneville parked provocatively in the foreground. View full size.

The Library: 1910

The Library: 1910

1910. "New York Public Library. A reading room." The NYPL on Fifth Avenue would open the following year. 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain. View full size.

 

Santa's Little Helper: 1924

Santa's Little Helper: 1924

December 1924. "Santa's toys." Toy World at Wanamaker's in New York. Be nice, boys and girls, and you might get a Packard! Be naughty and you might get arrested! 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Nick Noir: 1924

Nick Noir: 1924

New York, December 1924. "Unloading Railway Express car." When the sleigh's in the shop, Santa might have to hijack a truck. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Jerusalem: 1938

Jerusalem: 1938

British Mandate Palestine, 1938. "New general post office building in Jerusalem, N.W. corner on Jaffa Road, opened June 17, 1938, by His Excellency." 5x7 dry-plate glass negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Thread Mill Boys: 1916

Thread Mill Boys: 1916

June 19, 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. "Noon Hour -- Kerr Thread. Little boy in front always gets jollied and he answers the men back as tough as you please. Father in saloon. Boy went in to get money. Saloon on Pleasant Street in Flint Village." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Thread Mill Girls: 1916

Thread Mill Girls: 1916

June 19, 1916. Fall River, Mass. "Kerr Thread Mill. All over 16. Having fun with camera man. Good conditions in this mill. Caps to protect hair from dust and keep hair from getting tangled in machinery. These girls worked in an operating room, not the cloth room." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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