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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Youngest Lawyer: 1922

Youngest Lawyer: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Pauline Floyd, 24, youngest lawyer ever admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court." View full size.

 

All in the Family: 1908

All in the Family: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, South Carolina. "Maple Mill. Bertie Collins (girl). Has been spinning three years. Runs six sides, 60 cents a day. Rudolph Collins. Has doffed three years. Is 12 years old. Three others will join the ranks soon as they grow a bit." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Rosina Goyette: 1911

Rosina Goyette: 1911

September 1911. Winchendon, Mass. "Rosina Goyette, Maple Street. Apparently 12 but says she is 14; has steady job doffing and spinning in Spring Village Mill. Said at first she had been working six months, later she changed it to three weeks. Her partner said 'a few weeks.' " Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

John Roberts: 1908

John Roberts: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, S.C. "Maple Mills. John Roberts, been in mill two years. Runs four and five sides." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Tenderloin Lockup: 1908

Tenderloin Lockup: 1908

New York City circa 1908. "Cells, new Tenderloin police station." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

King of Cadonia: 1910

King of Cadonia: 1910

Washington, D.C., circa 1910. "King of Cardonia" is the caption here, perhaps the name of a play. [Update: The correct spelling is "Cadonia"; the play ended its D.C. run in January 1910.] Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Going Nowhere: 1930

Going Nowhere: 1930

"Car interior. Washington & Old Dominion R.R." Our third and final look at Pennsy car 4928 on the tracks of the W. & O.D., whose right-of-way is now plied by commuters taking I-66 into Washington. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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