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Near Dunn's House: 1864

Near Dunn's House: 1864

"Photographs from the siege of Petersburg, Va. Redoubt near Dunn's house in outer line of Confederate fortifications captured June 14, 1864, by Gen. William F. Smith." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Holey Smokestack: 1865

Holey Smokestack: 1865

Richmond, April 1865. "Battered smokestack from C.S.S. ironclad ram Virginia No. 2. Holes made by Federal batteries." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Slingin' Sammy: 1937

Slingin' Sammy: 1937

September 11, 1937. "'Slinging Sammy' Baugh, new addition to the Washington Redskins. The Texas Christian U. star is rated as one of the greatest of this generation as far as the passing game goes. Sammy's most recent feat was the practical winning alone of the Green Bay all-stars game at Chicago with a series of sensational passes. He is 24 years old, weighs 190, is six feet tall. Followers of professional football will hear a lot from Sammy this fall." View full size.

 

Pork Shrinkage: 1937

Pork Shrinkage: 1937

1937. College Park, Maryland. "Hams. From time to time the hams are taken from the incubator by Mr. Carroll and weighed to check the shrinkage caused during the aging process." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Smell the Ham: 1937

Smell the Ham: 1937

College Park, Maryland, 1937. "Hams. The finished products. Miss Ruby Bresnahan, coed at the University, is allowed to inhale the aroma from the quickly aged ham held in the hand of Mr. Carroll." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Gettysburg: 1863

Gettysburg: 1863

July 1863. "Gettysburg, Pa. Three captured Confederate soldiers, likely from Louisiana, pose for Mathew Brady on Seminary Ridge following the Battle of Gettysburg." Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair. View full size.

 

Foundling Tots: 1921

Foundling Tots: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital playroom." Another look at Lieutenant George Pickett III and tots at the Washington Asylum for Foundlings (generally, babies found after being abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth -- think basket on a doorstep with a note attached). Lieut. Pickett was manager of a fund drive that sought to raise $10,000 for the kids. View full size.

 
 
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