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Splashdown: 1960

Splashdown: 1960

Somewhere in suburbia circa 1960. Probably South Florida. Anscochrome transparency by Frank Scherschel, Life magazine photo archive. View full size.

Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

1903. The Zuni elder Si Wa Wata Wa. Who does not look like someone who put up with much nonsense. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis. View full size.

 

Bureau Drawers: 1925

Bureau Drawers: 1925

Washington circa 1925. "Bureau of Identification, Department of Justice." More thrilling cases from the Bureau's files. This was the forerunner of today's FBI, before they got the F. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Old Hero of Gettysburg: 1863

Old Hero of Gettysburg: 1863

July 1863. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "John L. Burns, the 'old hero of Gettysburg,' with gun and crutches." Burns, born ca. 1793, was a 70-year-old veteran of the War of 1812 when he was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, having volunteered his services as a sharpshooter to the Federal Army. He died of pneumonia in 1872. Wet-plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Spruce Street: 1912

Spruce Street: 1912

November 1912. Providence, Rhode Island. "Spruce Street. Tiny girl with big bag she is carrying home." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Midnight Picnic: 1947

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Midnight Picnic: 1947

September 1947. Warrenton, Virginia. "Midnight picnic being given by Eve Prince." Photo by Martha Holmes. Exciting news: Google and Time Inc. are putting the entire Life magazine photo archive of some 10 million images online. If I post one every day, we'll be done in about 27,000 years. View full size.

Groceries and Meats: 1919

Groceries and Meats: 1919

"1701 9th St. N.W., Washington." 1919 or 1920. It seems to be skating weather. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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