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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Washington Flour: 1926

Washington Flour: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Wilkins-Rogers Milling Co., exterior, 3261 Water Street." The Washington Flour mill on K Street, formerly Water Street, in Georgetown. The Washington Flour brand had a retail presence at least into the late 1960s. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Heavy Lifting: 1942

Heavy Lifting: 1942

June 1942. "Construction at Douglas Dam, Tennessee Valley Authority." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

Legal Briefs: 1925

Legal Briefs: 1925

Washington circa 1925. "Tepper Building, Standard Engraving Co., 470 Louisiana Avenue N.W." The Tepper family business is what you might call vertically integrated: Joe's law practice upstairs, above Saul's "Notions, Hosiery, Underwear." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Center Market: 1922

Center Market: 1922

"Center Market, 1922." Produce vendors in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

National Theatre: 1918

National Theatre: 1918

March 1918. The National Theatre on E Street. At right is Shoomaker's, a favorite Shorpy hangout. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Heap Big Birthday: 1964

Heap Big Birthday: 1964

My nephews and I celebrating my Native American themed birthday. It's spring of 1964 in North Carolina as noted by the jonquils on the table. Kodachrome slide taken with my father's Kodak Automatic 35 camera. View full size.

War Kitchen: 1917

War Kitchen: 1917

Washington, 1917. "U.S. Food Administration war kitchen." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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