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Drive-By Banking: 1924

Drive-By Banking: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "District National Bank, Dupont branch." This photo was used to make the line drawing that illustrates the bank ad seen in the comments below. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Office: 1925

The Office: 1925

"U.S. Patent Office. July 16, 1925." Alternate caption: "Creeping clutter engulfs august surroundings." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

New York circa 1920s. "De Luca." The Italian baritone Giuseppe De Luca, who for many years sang leading roles for the Metropolitan Opera. And who seems to be working from home. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Whorl Girl: 1918

Whorl Girl: 1918

1918. "Navy Department, intelligence bureau. Finger print department clerk Marie S. Dahm." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Painless Dentist: 1918

Painless Dentist: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Emergency Fleet Corporation, building exterior." Do streetscapes come any better than this? An interesting juxtaposition of signs (Painless Dentist, Wines & Whiskies), and of course there's that ghastly set of rotten choppers. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Good Gulf Gas, phone 262

Good Gulf Gas, phone 262

Grand opening of my father's Gulf Gas station in Gulfport, Ms, circa 1955. The family's 2-door Ford station wagon to the right of the building would make two cross-country Mississippi to California trips in a few years before we finally settled in The Promised Land of southern California. The clown's outfit was covered with Gulf embroidered patches and he has poorly made-up. I was about 7 at this time. View full size.

Genevieve Hendricks, Decorator

Genevieve Hendricks, Decorator

Washington, D.C., circa 1920s. "Hendricks Studio, exterior." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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