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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

The Goblins Next Door: 1911

The Goblins Next Door: 1911

November 1911. "Thanksgiving maskers." A door-to-door ritual for kids in costume back when Thanksgiving was a kind of proto-Halloween. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Stuffing the Turkey: 1920

Stuffing the Turkey: 1920

November 20, 1920. "White House Turkey." Alternate title: Coop d'Etat. With l'etat being Texas.National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pardon My Buick: 1922

Pardon My Buick: 1922

October 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Auto accident, 13th and S." If you don't like my driving, get off the sidewalk! National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Mystery Meat: 1920

Mystery Meat: 1920

"White House turkey." November 20, 1920. News item, "30-Lb. Mystery Turkey Reaches White House": A 30-pound turkey, cooped in a miniature White House, arrived at the White House yesterday and was admitted, though he had no credentials whatsoever. "There was nothing attached to the turkey showing the donor, but we understand that one was coming from someplace in Texas," said an official at the White House. "The mystery," it was stated, "will probably be solved within a day or two." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Dinosaurs: 1926

Dinosaurs: 1926

Circa 1926. "Ford car at National Museum." A Model T outside the Smithsonian Institution's main exhibit hall, completed in 1910. Today the building serves as the National Museum of Natural History. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Southern Belle: 1956

Southern Belle: 1956

South Carolina, 1956. More from this series of pictures on life in the South. Color transparency by Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine archive. View full size.

American Idol: 1956

American Idol: 1956

More from the South Carolina roadhouse. So far I've found five pictures of these two mixing it up, either wrestling or dancing. The captions don't say anything about what's going on, but the girl seems delighted. Color transparency by Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine image archive. View full size.

 
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