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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JAMAICA: THE GEM OF THE TROPICS

Teddy the Wrestling Bear: 1941

Teddy the Wrestling Bear: 1941

Barker at Vermont State Fair, Rutland. September 1941. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Auction & Negro Sales: 1864

Auction & Negro Sales: 1864

Whitehall Street, Atlanta, 1864. This photo of a black Union soldier posted at a slave auction house in Atlanta is one of hundreds taken by George N. Barnard during Gen. Sherman's occupation of the city in the fall of 1864. Many were destroyed in the conflagration that erupted upon Sherman's firing of Confederate munitions stores when he departed on Nov. 15. View full size.

 

Ghosts of Atlanta: 1864

Ghosts of Atlanta: 1864

"The War in the West." 1864 photo (half of a stereograph) by George N. Barnard. Atlanta Intelligencer newspaper office by the railroad depot. Exposure times were so long that anyone walking appears only as an ectoplasmic blur. View full size. Note tents in background and troop train with soldiers atop the boxcars.

 

Chain Gang: 1910

Chain Gang: 1910

Chain gang of convicts engaged in road work, Autumn 1910. Pitt County, North Carolina. The inmates are quartered in the wagons, which are equipped with bunks and move from place to place as labor is utilized. The central figure is J.Z. McLawhon, county superintendent of chain gangs. The dogs are bloodhounds used for running down any attempted escapes. View full size.

 

Washington, D.C.: 1935

Washington, D.C.: 1935

Washington tenements, Nov. 1935. View full size. Photo by Carl Mydans.

 

Rear Window: 1938

Rear Window: 1938

Pittsburgh slum dwelling, 1938. View full size. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein.

 

My Five Sons: 1899

My Five Sons: 1899

"Summit Avenue Ensemble." Photographer Thomas Askew's twin sons Clarence and Norman, son Arthur, neighbor Jake Sansome, and sons Robert and Walter at the Askew home in Atlanta. 1899 or 1900. View full size. The Askew residence, at 114 Summit Avenue, burned in the Great Fire of 1917.

 

Look Out World, Here I Come

Look Out World, Here I Come

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Times boy and bicycle." Winner of a Mead Ranger bike by virtue of selling 30 newspaper subscriptions. The Ranger contest was a promotion of various papers from about 1917 to 1923. National Photo Co. Collection. View full size.

 
 
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