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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

On the Ground: 1905

On the Ground: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Unidentified group having a picnic outside tent in backyard of house, probably Christchurch district." Are New Zealanders the most picnicking people on the planet? Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Titans of Industry: 1908

Titans of Industry: 1908

Circa 1908. "Hulett machine unloading ore at Buffalo, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dos Bailarines: 1929

Dos Bailarines: 1929

New York. May 15, 1929. "Fernandez, Marcelino, Mr. and Mrs." Shy, not. Large format nitrate negative from the studio of Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Save Room for Dessert: 1942

Save Room for Dessert: 1942

Spring 1942. "Little girl on a farm in Maryland, learning to eat vitamins. 'Balanced meal' on the table of a Farm Security Administration client in Calvert County." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Welcome to Big D: 1963

Welcome to Big D: 1963

        President Kennedy on that dark yet sunny day in Dallas 50 years ago, minutes before he was assassinated.

November 22, 1963. "Overview of crowds of people waving as President John F. Kennedy and his wife sit in back of limousine during procession through downtown Dallas, Texas; Texas Governor John Connally and his wife ride in the limousine's jump seats." New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

Basting With Ethel: 1921

Basting With Ethel: 1921

Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, who achieved a dubious renown for skipping out on her concert performances, including a memorable non-appearance at Carnegie Hall. Cooking-wise, we'd zap that another 30 seconds on High. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Poughkeepsie Panorama: 1908

Poughkeepsie Panorama: 1908

The Hudson River circa 1908. "Steamer landings, Poughkeepsie, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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