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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cabin in the Sky: 1940

Cabin in the Sky: 1940
HOME EXHIBIT PLANNED
Dwelling Rises on Terrace in Rockefeller Center

        NEW YORK -- On the second-floor terrace of the International Building at 51st Street near Fifth Avenue, a seven-room dwelling is under construction as the focal point in what is designed to be a home-building center and exhibit. It is being erected by the Rockefeller Home Center, successor to the Permanent Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Crafts (PEDAC).
        The dwelling is of modern design by Edward D. Stone and the exterior is of redwood. In the first floor is a "three-purpose" room with a glass-enclosed side opening onto a terrace. Construction of the exhibition house, which is sponsored by Collier's magazine, is under direction of Irons & Reynolds, contractors.

-- News item, May 16, 1940

July 15, 1940. "Collier's House at PEDAC, New York City. Exterior from below. Dan Cooper, decorator; Edward Durrell Stone, architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Violet Camp: 1905

Violet Camp: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Men in front of 'Violet Camp' tent, Christchurch." On the lookout for ... foxes! Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Chez Prez: 1920

Chez Prez: 1920

Washington, D.C. "Woodrow Wilson house, S Street." Residence of the former president and his wife starting in 1921, and where he died in 1924. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Knock Knock: 1943

Knock Knock: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana. Locomotive coupled to caboose." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Performing Artsy: 1920

Performing Artsy: 1920

Circa 1920. "Marion Morgan Dancers." Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe, specialist in the gauzily draped (and undraped) subject. View full size.

 

Fun in the Sun: 1901

Fun in the Sun: 1901

Palm Beach circa 1901. "The Royal Poinciana, from northwest." A mere fraction of Henry Flagler's immense hotel, at one time the largest wood-frame structure in the world. 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

And Away We Go: 1952

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And Away We Go: 1952

New York. August 1952. "Jackie Gleason rehearsing television show. Includes Gleason in steam cabinet." From negatives by various staff photographers used in the Look magazine articles "TV's Big Boy," "Mr. Saturday Night" and "The Jackie Gleason Story: Fat, Sad and Funny." View full size.

 
 
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