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

Desk Set: 1925

Desk Set: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Bureau of Identification, Department of Justice." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Picture Gallery: 1910

The Picture Gallery: 1910

Circa 1910. "The Picture Gallery, New York Public Library." Please, no talking while we gaze upon the Art. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Ladies and Germs: 1912

Ladies and Germs: 1912

1912. "Dr. George Stiles. Bacteriologist at George Washington University who was supposed to have discovered a TB germ." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Brick Work: 1916

Brick Work: 1916

1916. "Brick yard below Mount Vernon." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Safety First Train: 1917

Safety First Train: 1917

1917. "Baltimore and Ohio Railway. Safety first train." The train, according to newspaper accounts, carried exhibits "informing the public of the careful and effective means that are being taken by the government in the interest of good health, safety and preparedness." Shown here at Union Station in Washington. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Guys Gone Wild: 1915

Guys Gone Wild: 1915

1915. "National Guard of D.C. -- Field tactics." Nothing like a blanket toss to confuse the enemy. Note the Hollywood type behind the movie camera. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Ghost Ship: 1916

Ghost Ship: 1916

September 1916. "Kron Prinz Wilhelm, German ship, interned in U.S. in tow." The former passenger liner, pressed into service as a commerce raider by the Imperial German Navy at the start of World War I, being towed from the Norfolk yards to Philadelphia. During its eight months on the high seas -- after leaving New York Harbor with 2,000 tons of coal -- the converted 15,000-ton cruiser sank more than a dozen Allied ships and took hundreds of prisoners. Running low on supplies, its crew and prisoners beset by a variety of illnesses, the battered vessel sought refuge in April 1915 at Newport News, where its sailors were interned for over a year. After the United States entered the war, the ship was seized by the government, rechristened the USS Von Steuben and converted into a troop carrier. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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