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Vintage photos of:
The Ege family dwelling, which had tangential connections to General Lafayette, George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe.
April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. "The Old Stone House -- so-called 'Washington's headquarters,' 1916 East Main Street." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.
March 31, 1922. "H.G. Corcoran of Washington, D.C., needs an aerial for his radio outfit. His receiving wire is connected to the wire springs of his bed, which take the place of an aerial." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Wellington, New Zealand. "Worser Bay Surf Life Saving Club, team of 1962, with Cook Strait trophy." Seated: Barrie Davenport, first person to swim Cook Strait. Large format negative by by Crown Studios, Wellington. View full size.
The location: Fourth Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama.
1951. "Segregation in the South." Which extended, evidently, even to pillowcases. Photo by John Vachon for the Look magazine article "How Far From Slavery?" Who'll be the first person to tell us where this might be? View full size.