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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

See Dick Run: 1956

See Dick Run: 1956

August 1956. "Attendees at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California." They liked Ike, and Richard Nixon too. Photograph by Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 

Letterbox: 1911

Letterbox: 1911

Washington, 1911. "Post Office Department mail box." In front of the Old Post Office building. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Washington Slept Here: 1925

Washington Slept Here: 1925

Washington, 1925. "Ford Motor Company. Capitol bedding truck." In a rare stab at whimsy or wit or whatever you want to call it, National Photo shot this Capitol Mattress truck in front of the actual Capitol. Tee hee! View full size.

 

Cripple School: 1908

Cripple School: 1908

"Mentally Retarded children in E.S.F.S. for Crippled Children." New York circa 1908. "Feeble-minded in cripple school" is the non-PC caption written on this classroom scene showing the East Side Free School for Crippled Children, 155-157 Henry Street. George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Zeke and Philip: 1909

Zeke and Philip: 1909

May 1909. Somersworth, New Hampshire. "Lefthand boy Zeke Gosselin, 95 Main Street. Been in mill one year. Other boy Philip Lesard, 68 Elm Street. Been in mill three years. Working in Great Falls Manufacturing Co." View full size.

 

Health Food: 1928

Health Food: 1928

Circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium, dietetic kitchen. Takoma Park, Maryland." Bon appetit! National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Back Alley: 1914

Back Alley: 1914

District of Columbia, 1914. "Alley clearance. Slum views." A scene that I don't imagine would have changed much since the 19th century except for the utility pole. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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