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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T THROW IT, USE IT: WWII

Shirley Temple: 1928-2014

Shirley Temple: 1928-2014

Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Is Dead at 85

June 24, 1938. "Shirley sees her old friend the president. Shirley Temple leaving the White House today after a very important conference with the President. Shirley told Mr. Roosevelt about losing a tooth last night, and he told her about Sistie and Buzzie losing their teeth. Shirley expects to be in Washington a week checking on the affairs of state with different government officials." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Meet the Beetles: 1920

Meet the Beetles: 1920

July 1920. Washington, D.C. "Dr. H.B. Bradford." Professor Harry Bradford, "naturalist and animal artist," according to the Washington Post, was also, in 1910, "president of the Antivaccination Society of the District of Columbia." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Louisiana Noir: 1932

Louisiana Noir: 1932

September 1932. "Louisiana State Capitol at Baton Rouge. Tower lights at night. Gov. O.K. Allen. Weiss, Dreyfous & Seiferth, client." Where Huey Long was assassinated. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Experimental Exit: 1936

Experimental Exit: 1936

July 1936. "Gas station road sign near Perry, Georgia." Photo by Dorothea Lange, connoisseur of the silly sign and benighted billboard. View full size.

 

Dentists of Dayton: 1904

Dentists of Dayton: 1904

1904. "Main Street -- Dayton, Ohio." Home of the Tooth Tower. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Life Lessons: 1951

Life Lessons: 1951

Jan. 19, 1951. "Common accidents in the home." A sentiment open to a number of interpretations. Wellington, New Zealand, Evening Post photo. View full size.

 

Hot Shoppes Hotties: 1941

Hot Shoppes Hotties: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Girls in Hot Shoppes restaurant." Medium format negative by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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