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A friend is having me scan some of her family photos, and I fell in love with this Kodachrome slide; she gave me permission to post it to Shorpy. It's her sister and their great-grandfather on his farm in Sabattus, Maine, in 1964. View full size.
"Capt. Hottel, guard, George Washington U., Class of 1924." Guy Hottel, captain of the Hatchetites. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size. In 1950, Guy, a special agent in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, sent J. Edgar Hoover a memo regarding UFOs ("flying saucers, information concerning").
November 1942. Bingham Canyon, Utah. "View of the Utah Copper Company open-pit mine works at Carr Fork, as seen from the railroad." Note the ore cars on the tracks into the pit. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. Library of Congress. View full size.
c.1920, in the vicinity of Merced Falls, Calif. My mother's older sister and her car. Maybe someone here can identify it. From original 116 negative. View full size.
Undated, probably early 1940s photo of the shipping department at Macy's in New York. Reverse says "Wide World Photo." View full size.
1864. "Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Photographer [possibly Mathew Brady, next to the horse] at Butler's signal tower, Cobb's Hill, Appomattox River." Note the cloth-draped darkroom and developing chemicals in bottles on the grass. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereo pair. View full size.