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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

Saks Fur: 1920

Saks Fur: 1920

"Saks Fur Co. 1920 or 1921." Wintertime window display at the Washington, D.C., furrier featuring a taxidermy tie-in with the movie "Isobel, or the Trail's End." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Key Bridge: 1920

Key Bridge: 1920

The Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac under construction circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Whistle Bottling Works." Yet another outpost in the Whistle beverage empire. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Somehow I can envision a musical based on this place. Kind of like "The Pajama Game," but instead of sleepwear, soda pop. And of course whistling.

 

Telco Girls: 1928

Telco Girls: 1928

Washington, 1928. "C&P Tel. Co. girls in class laughing." Employee education at Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone. View full size. Nat'l. Photo glass negative.

 

Whistle Bottling Works: 1925

Whistle Bottling Works: 1925

"Whistle Bottling Works." The Whistle beverage plant in Washington, D.C., in 1925. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Kindergarten Couture: 1952

Kindergarten Couture: 1952

Baby boomers, first wave, all born 1946, showing how we were dressed for kindergarten. Notice how we don't look like gang members, convicts or concentration camp inmates. Of course, for class photo day, most of us had probably gotten decked out a bit better than normally, but still. By the following year a new school had opened up in Corte Madera and our class size shrank dramatically. That's me at the bottom right. View full size.

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

1924. Piggly Wiggly trucks in Washington, D.C., at the Christo Cola Bottling Co. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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