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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Executive Mansion: 1910

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Executive Mansion: 1910

Washington circa 1910. "Glimpse of White House from Monument Green." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

I Could Use a Drink: 1914

I Could Use a Drink: 1914

1914. "Kitten in costume grasping pump handle, ready to fill water bucket carried by doll." Another of the vaguely spooky tableaux featuring posed dogs and cats that were a specialty of novelty photographer Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Gunsmoke: 1957

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Gunsmoke: 1957

1957. "Actor James Arness filming on location for the television series Gunsmoke," in the notional Kansas landscape around Dodge City. Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "Jim Arness: Hero of Gunsmoke." View full size.

Astrotarium: 1959

Astrotarium: 1959

        Yes, the Russians had their Sputnik, but we were first with the interplanetary bounce-house.

March 31, 1959. "The 'Astrotarium,' the world's only planetarium in a big top, makes its first appearance in the New York area at Abraham & Straus (Babylon) during the week of March 30. Admission to the astronomy and space show, sponsored by A&S to promote public interest in science, will be free. The planetarium will be set up in a parking lot adjacent to A&S-Babylon at the Great South Bay Shopping Center." View full size.

 

Upper Lower Manhattan: 1917

Upper Lower Manhattan: 1917

New York circa 1917. "Skyscrapers, looking north toward towers of Woolworth and Singer buildings." Double-barreled tower in the foreground is the Adams Express Building. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Radio-Vision: 1925

Radio-Vision: 1925

More on Dr. Jenkins here and here.

1925. "Motion pictures by radio are very near, predicts C. Francis Jenkins, who has designed this small radio-vision receiving set for use in the home. It is only a few inches square and is attached to the regular radio receiving set. A miniature motion picture screen is placed on the wall of your home, as shown in this photo. The first of this machine to be made. The photo was taken in Mr. Jenkins's laboratory at Washington, D.C." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Pickled: 1954

Pickled: 1954

Dining With Shorpy, cont'd: "New York, 1954. Singer Jaye P. Morgan performing on the Robert Q. Lewis television show; at a party; eating at a restaurant." A dish of dills, a tub of kraut, and thou. Photos by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine article "The Private Life of Jaye P. Morgan." View full size.

 
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