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Vintage photos of:
March 31, 1939. Washington, D.C. "Senate Majority Leader crowns Cherry Blossom Queen. Climaxing the annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in Potomac Park today, Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley placed the crown on the head of Peggy Townsend, Cherry Blossom Queen. Thousands of visitors view the beautiful blossoms every year." Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.
Whisk brooms and brooches,
Malteds and sundaes.
Girls in straw hats and
Traffic lights flashing, streetcar bell clangs.
These are a few of our favorite thangs.
July 1941. "Chicago. Waiting for a streetcar." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
December 1936. "New York. Scene from the Bronx tenement district from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." There are a million stories in the Naked City, and a lot of them seem to involve laundry. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Johnnie Burns and his Basement Branch (See Photo 1461). Also photo of his boy who he says is 'ungovernable.' Burns says the 4-year-old twins will be selling soon. 3518 Evans Avenue." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.