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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Emancipation Day: 1905

Emancipation Day: 1905

April 3, 1905. Richmond, Virginia. "Emancipation Day." See news item below. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

NEGROES' DAY CELEBRATED.

Inauguration of Colored President Part of the Ceremony.

        Richmond, Va., April 3 -- Thousands of Negroes observed Emancipation Day in Virginia to-day. The occasion resulted in an outpouring of the race never before equaled, armed with miniature United States flags and attended by brass bands.

        In addition, there was a unique feature to-night, the inauguration of a colored President. At True Reformers' Hall the interior of the White House was reproduced, and all the ceremonies incident to the induction of a Chief Magistrate into office were gone through with.

        To-day was also the fortieth anniversary of the evacuation of Richmond by the Confederate forces and the partial destruction of the city by fire. (Washington Post, April 4, 1905.)

 

Harry Swope: 1908

Harry Swope: 1908

August 1908. "An Enforced Rest. Harry Swope, aged 15, 426 Elm Street, Newport, Kentucky. Carrying heavy bundles of paper for a News & Stationery company." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Fort Burnham: 1864

Fort Burnham: 1864

Virginia circa 1864. "Chapin's Bluff. Fort Burnham, formerly Confederate Fort Harrison, near James River." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

First Presbyterian: 1904

First Presbyterian: 1904

Circa 1904. "Jacksonville, Florida. First Presbyterian Church." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Well, What a Sweater: 1949

Well, What a Sweater: 1949

I'd love to have a sweater like that today, but back in 1949 what I was probably happy about was getting my picture taken, thereby being the center of attention. I'm sitting on the well at my grandparents' house in Calpella, California. That's my brother in silhouette down at the other end of the arbor. My grandfather built the house around 1915, and raised wine grapes on his ranch for about the next 40 years. He did really well during prohibition, but suffered when grape prices plunged after repeal, for which he held FDR personally responsible. He was a feisty Old Country Italian. View full size.

Off the Rails: 1925

Off the Rails: 1925

Dec. 11, 1925. Washington, D.C. "J.N. Swartzell with miniature railroad." Finally we see the man behind the trains. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Smallville: 1929

Smallville: 1929

August 5, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Miniature R.R. of John N. Swartzell." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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