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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Alex Chilton: 1911

Alex Chilton: 1911

1911. "Lt. Alexander W. Chilton, 15th Cavalry." In or around Washington. National Photo Company glass negative. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

King Street: 1921

King Street: 1921

King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. 1921 or 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Who can pinpoint the intersection?

 

The Funnies: 1922

The Funnies: 1922

"John M. Bear Jr., 11/26/22." Twenty-one little kids. All wearing hats decorated with characters from the funny papers. At Johnny's 11th birthday party. And they're mortified, every last one. (Thought you'd all slip under the radar, did you? That this embarrassing little artifact would just go on collecting dust at the bottom of a box somewhere? Well. Guess what. Not only did they invent radar, they invented computers and scanners and the Internet. Bwahaha. View full size!)

 

Dirty Laundry: 1924

Dirty Laundry: 1924

"Old Colony Laundry. Ford Motor Co." Washington, D.C., in 1924, when the streets were a honking sooty gridlock of trucks delivering diapers, blackberry pie and Whistle. Note the integrated, state-of-the-art turn signal attached to the cab. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pie Patrol: 1920

Pie Patrol: 1920

Washington again, circa 1920. "Holmes Bakery truck. Ford Motor Co." A sight sadly missing from the streets of our nation's capital lo these many years: big trucks delivering fresh blackberry pie. View full pies. National Photo Company.

 

Dixie Soda Fountain Co.: 1928

Dixie Soda Fountain Co.: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Dixie Soda Fountain Company. People's Drug Store No. 40." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Smooth Operators: 1928

Smooth Operators: 1928

"C&P Tel. Co. girls." More Chesapeake and Potomac "telephone girls" from 1928. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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