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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Pawn Shop: 1920

Pawn Shop: 1920

A pawn shop at No. 15 Cooper Square (thanks, Evan) in New York circa 1920. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

La Primadora: 1920

La Primadora: 1920

La Primadora cigar shop at 1153 Broadway in New York circa 1920. The owner, civic leader and entrepreneur Max Schwarz, died in 1940. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Alternate view here.

 

Cigar Store: 10 for 25¢

Cigar Store: 10 for 25¢

Another view of the Primadora cigar shop, with a lunchroom, furrier, carpenter and men's clothier as neighbors. View full size. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

Waldman's Music: 1921

Waldman's Music: 1921

Another view of the Waldman's music store in Manhattan from 1921, showing records, listening booths and Victrolas. The inscription on the negative also says "N.Y. B'd Inst. Co." View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Talking Machines: 1920

Talking Machines: 1920

The Owens & Beers record shop at 81 Chambers Street in New York circa 1915-1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

His Master's Voice: 1921

His Master's Voice: 1921

Waldman's music store in New York, May 1921. A nice selection of records and Victrolas, with Nipper keeping an eye on things. Does anyone know where this was? View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Are You in the Possession?

Are You in the Possession?

April 1941. "Sign outside of church in the Black Belt, Chicago." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam, Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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