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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Routes: 1925

Routes: 1925

        The conferees representing the highway commissions of several States, who met in this city during the present week under the auspices of the Joint Board of State and Federal Highways, reached a wise decision when they agreed to create a group of interstate roads to be known as United States highways   . . .

-- Washington Post editorial, April 25, 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "No caption (man with highway signs)." Early waypoints on the road to uniform route designations and the standardization of highway signs. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Nantasket Bath House: 1905

Nantasket Bath House: 1905

Circa 1905. "Bath house, Nantasket Beach, Mass." Note the "Rules and Regulations for Automobiles, Etc." posted at left. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Ruby Troupers: 1953

The Ruby Troupers: 1953

August 1953. "Jane Russell and Mary McCarty on the set of the film The French Line." Color transparency by John Vachon for the Look magazine assignment "Two Gals From Texas." View full size.

The Pavilion: 1904

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The Pavilion: 1904

Circa 1904. "State Street and Pavilion Hotel, Montpelier, Vermont." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

In Memoriam: 1963

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In Memoriam: 1963

August 1963. "Group portrait of several of the organizers of the March on Washington, among them: Mathew Ahmann, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, John Lewis, the Rev. Eugene Carson Blake, Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Roy Wilkins." Photo by Stanley Tetrick for the Look magazine assignment "Negro march on Washington, D.C." View full size.

Planespotting: 1942

Planespotting: 1942

        Flying saucer at 9 o'clock!

July 1942. "Training high school boys to identify planes. There's no question about these young people's ability to recognize airplanes by their silhouettes. They're learning this and other essential facts of aviation at Weequahic High School, Newark, New Jersey, in a course designed to teach students the fundamentals of flying." Office of War Information photo. View full size.

 

Wright House: 1936

Wright House: 1936

It's cozy and it's creaky,
The roof's a little leaky.
So shabby and so chic we
Flipped it for one point three.

1936. "Peggy Wright House, Louisburg vicinity, Franklin County, North Carolina. Structure dates to 1796." A house whose paint and charm are inversely proportional. 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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