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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BRITISH COLUMBIA, c. 1947

Primitive Modern: 1950

Primitive Modern: 1950

July 20, 1950. "Helena Rubinstein residence, 625 Park Avenue, New York. Art gallery." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Trailer Talk: 1943

Trailer Talk: 1943

August 1943. "Middle River, a small crossroads in the vicinity of Baltimore, Maryland. Farm Security Administration housing project for Martin aircraft workers. Mrs. Helen Bird, USO traveler's aide, giving information to a newcomer in the Glenn L. Martin trailer village." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Icebox Buick: 1922

Icebox Buick: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Ice-packed Buick motor stunt." A demonstration of the "Heat Control Carburetor." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Dearborn Street: 1907

Dearborn Street: 1907

1907. "Dearborn Street, Chicago." With the base of the massive Great Northern Hotel at right. 8x10 inch glass negative by Hans Behm. View full size.

 

Up Sutter: 1906

Up Sutter: 1906

"Up Sutter Street from Grant Avenue." Aftermath of the April 18, 1906, earthquake and fire that reduced much of San Francisco to rubble. At center, the ruins of Sutter Street Synagogue. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Name Your Poison: 1953

Name Your Poison: 1953

Along with the "tterrace lost and found" slides my friend and I came across in the spare room of his house a month back was a mini-trove of Kodachromes of his folks in 1953 he didn't know about. But he did instantly recognize the recreation room and bar his dad had built in the basement of their San Francisco home. A big holiday shindig is underway with friends and relations; other slides hint that it might be Thanksgiving. Meanwhile: set 'em up. His folks always knew how to really throw a party. Later in the decade and into the early 60s they took on a distinct Tiki flavor, not unusual for the time in general, but especially so for Pacific-theater WWII vets like his dad. That's his mom in the background attending to the record player. Hey buddy, you got a light? View full size.

Flapper's Up: 1920

Flapper's Up: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Studebaker touring car and biplane at airfield." With the fur possibly about to fly. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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