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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • RAY GUN WATER PISTOL, 1953

Ejected: 1912

Ejected: 1912

New York. More smooth "auto polo" moves from December 1912. At right, an incipient case of malletosis. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Nation's Attic: 1919

The Nation's Attic: 1919

1919. "Air view, National Museum (Smithsonian)." They call the Smithsonian Institution the nation's attic, but if they made it the nation's basement instead, the first term could more suitably be applied to the top of the Washington Monument. Here we see two visitors peering from its portals. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Off We Go: 1908

Off We Go: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Mrs. Guy Henry in auto." Which our readers have identified as a Maxwell Tourabout. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Come Fly With Me: 1912

Come Fly With Me: 1912

December 1912. "Auto polo," somewhere in New York. It looks a little risky to me. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Airplane Factory: 1918

Airplane Factory: 1918

"Alexandria (Va.) airplane factory, 1918." Possibly the Kendrick Aeroplane Co., an enterprise described here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Monumental: 1919

Monumental: 1919

1919. "National Museum, air view from Washington Monument." The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (domed building at right) nine years after its completion. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Margaret: 1925

Margaret: 1925

Next up in the Shorpy Sunday Night Cavalcade of Enigmatic Portraits Dated Dec. 12, 1925: "Miss Margaret Van Horn." National Photo Company. View full size.

 
 
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