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Vintage photos of:
Oct. 1, 1962. "Americana Hotel, 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City. Entrance section from left. Loew's Hotels, client. Morris Lapidus, Harle & Liebman, architects." We saw the coffee shop a few weeks ago. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.
March 1943. "Canyon, Texas. Approaching the town on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Amarillo, Texas, and Clovis, New Mexico." One of hundreds of photos documenting Jack Delano's trip from Chicago to California on a Santa Fe freight for the Office of War Information. View full size.
"City rowhouses, 1923." A jumble of humble abodes. The latest installment in our survey of backstreet Washington, D.C., this glass plate is another angle on the alley last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.
UPDATE: Shorpy member Mark H. has identified the location as Blagden Alley. The view is looking north toward the Henrietta Apartments on N Street; somewhere at left is the recent home of Back Alley Waffles.