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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Schneider & Son: 1919

Schneider & Son: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Times. 1701 Ninth Street N.W." A different perspective on the block seen here. Note the odd hydrant similar to the one on this street. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Planter: 1865

Planter: 1865

Circa 1865. "City Point, Virginia (vicinity). Medical supply boat Planter at General Hospital wharf on the Appomattox." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Fashionista: 1915

Fashionista: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Miss Elsie Walker." Whose fetching features are only enhanced by her chic chapeau. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Coal Miner's Son: 1938

Coal Miner's Son: 1938

September 1938. "Coal miner's children and wife, Pursglove, West Virginia." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA. View full size.

 

Rainbo Is Good Bread: 1942

Rainbo Is Good Bread: 1942

1942 or 1943. "Gilead, Ohio (?), possibly Mount Gilead" is the uncertain caption. Although the photo does provide a few clues. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

UPDATE: A couple of astute commenters have identified this as a building on Main Street in Mount Orab, Ohio. Google Street View gives a pretty good match. If there are any Shorpyite shutterbugs in Mount Orab, hie on over to the intersection of Main and High, send us some pics and help us lay to rest a mystery that's been bedeviling the Library of Congress for the past 65 years!

 

Sentinel: 1865

Sentinel: 1865

City Point, Virginia, circa 1865. "Rear view of General Grant's headquarters." Photos from the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864- April 1865. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Adrianne: 1939

Adrianne: 1939

"Miss Adrianne Henderson, 1939." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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