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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Mouquin's: 1910

Mouquin's: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Mouquin Restaurant & Wine Co., 456 Sixth Avenue. Part of the building was originally the Varian farmhouse; for many years the place was known as the Knickerbocker cottage." Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

We (Heart) Marilyn: 1953

We (Heart) Marilyn: 1953

Hollywood, 1953. "Actress Marilyn Monroe at home." 35mm color transparency by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Life magazine image archive. View full size.

Backsliders: 1910

Backsliders: 1910

New Jersey circa 1910. "At Casino, Belmar, Sunday." There was some controversy over whether the beaches at the Jersey Shore resorts should be open on Sunday. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Help on Wheels: 1917

Help on Wheels: 1917

Washington, D.C., 1917. "Red Cross Motor Corps." First aid has arrived, by way of West Virginia. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Billymobile: 1917

Billymobile: 1917

"Goat team." Washington, D.C., circa 1917. B.L. Gershanick, tailor, did business at 2150 P Street N.W. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Staff Meeting: 1865

Staff Meeting: 1865

July 1865. "Washington, District of Columbia. Brevetted Brigadier General Napoleon Bonaparte McLaughlen (seated, second from right) and staff." Wet collodion glass plate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Now Playing: 1920

Now Playing: 1920

"York Theater, night." Washington, D.C., circa 1920. Among the cinematic offerings: Jack Pickford in "In Wrong." National Photo Co. View full size.

 
 
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