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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

Acacia Mutual: 1937

Acacia Mutual: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. building, exterior, Louisiana Avenue." 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

The Insurance Lobby: 1937

The Insurance Lobby: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Lobby, Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. building." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Make It a Short One: 194x

Make It a Short One: 194x

1940s photo taken by my grandfather, Detroit News photographer Howard McGraw of a young man who's really just too cool for words. Don't worry, the cigarette is not lit! Scanned from a 4x5 negative. View full size.

Hollywood Dad: 1953

Hollywood Dad: 1953

November 1953. Beverly Hills, California. "Comedian Groucho Marx sitting on a swingset with daughter Melinda." Ektachrome transparency from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Hollywood Fathers." View full size.

Alexandre: 1918

Alexandre: 1918

France. April 1918. "The horrible disfigured man of war can not cool the warmth of the friendship of his old comrade for Alexandre the blind mutile, but the Red Cross can not leave him without further aid." 5x7 glass negative from the American National Red Cross Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Gone and Back: 1906

Gone and Back: 1906

"Russian and Telegraph hills from roof of Ferry P.O., San Francisco." Another view of the devastation wrought by the earthquake and fire of April 1906. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Checkout Time: 1906

Checkout Time: 1906

"Palace Hotel, Market Street, San Francisco." After the devastating earthquake and fire of April 1906, the hotel was razed to make way for the "New" Palace, which opened in 1909. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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