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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Tech Basketball: 1920

Tech Basketball: 1920

Washington, D.C. "Tech High basketball team, 1920." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Texaco Tanker: 1925

Texaco Tanker: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Texas Co. Ace truck." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Germanna Ford: 1864

Germanna Ford: 1864

May 1864. "Rappahannock River, Virginia. Ruins of bridge at Germanna Ford, where the troops under General Grant crossed May 4." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy O'Sullivan. View full size. (Though the caption on the negative sleeve says Rappahannock, Germanna Ford seems to have been on the Rapidan River.)

 

College on Fire: 1963

College on Fire: 1963

December 16, 1963. Fire destroys the old gymnasium at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Arson suspected. The building had already been condemned for public assembly and was scheduled for demolition. In a way, the beginning of the end of the mission revival architecture of this institution, of which nothing remains on the present campus. Also: 1960 Thunderbird; vintage Van Pelt fire engine, but I can't identify the original truck make. Plus a really vintage, even for 1963, pedestrian signal at the extreme left. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Secret Shopper: 1955

Secret Shopper: 1955

April 21, 1955. Using the self-timer on his new Lordox 35mm camera and a roll of high-speed Kodak Tri-X film, my brother photographed himself in what appears to be the canned soup and dog food section of the Rainbow Market, the exterior of which can be seen here. View full size.

Flag Rush: 1910

Flag Rush: 1910

October 11, 1910. "Flag Rush, Columbia University." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. So who can tell us about "flag rush."

 

Minute Service No. 5: 1925

Minute Service No. 5: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Texas Company. Linworth Place and C Street S.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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