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

Sailor Burke: 1911

Sailor Burke: 1911

New York, 1911. "Sailor Burke." The Brooklyn-born welterweight champion known to his mother as Charles Presser, and someone you wouldn't want to meet in a well-lit alley. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Brandon Plantation: 1931

Brandon Plantation: 1931

1931. "Brandon, James River, Prince George County, Virginia. Built ca. 1730 by Nathaniel Harrison II and for two centuries the home of the Harrison family. The central block connecting the two older wings is supposed to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1789 upon his return from France." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Blizzard: 1899

The Blizzard: 1899

New York, 1899. "Dumping snow carts at the river after a blizzard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Working His Way Up: 1916

Working His Way Up: 1916

June 20, 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. "Marian Viera, 101 Columbia St., Doffer in mill. Says he gets $7.74 a week." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Smoot Hauler: 1920

Smoot Hauler: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Autocar truck -- W.A. Smoot & Co." Latest entry in the Shorpy Index of Antiquated Conveyances. National Photo. View full size.

 

Dingee Park: 1909

Dingee Park: 1909

San Mateo County, California, circa 1909. "Subdivision of Redwood City." Welcome to Dingee Park, birthplace of Ring Around the Collar. 8x10 glass negative formerly part of the Wyland Stanley Collection. View full size.

 

It's a Hupp: 1923

It's a Hupp: 1923

        More than 2,000 Hupmobile owners and their families attended the second annual picnic, free-for-all sports program and barbecue staged July 1 by Greer-Robbins Co. at Sawyer's Camp, beside Crystal Springs Lake in San Mateo County.         -- Motor West

July 1923. "Hupmobile barbecue at Sawyer Camp." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 
 
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