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

Hard Worker: 1913

Hard Worker: 1913

        The incorrigibly industrious Eugene Dalton 100 years ago -- we last saw him in 2007, in the second photo ever posted on Shorpy.

November 1913. Fort Worth, Texas. "Some results of messenger and newsboy work. For nine years this 16-year-old boy has been newsboy and messenger for drug stores and telegraph companies. He was recently brought before the Judge of the Juvenile Court for incorrigibility at home. Is now out on parole, and was working again for drug company when he got a job carrying grips in the Union Depot. He is on the job from 6 A.M. to 11 P.M. (seventeen hours a day) for seven days in the week. His mother and the Judge think he uses cocaine, and yet they let him put in these long hours every day. He told me 'There ain't a house in "The Acre" [Red Light] that I ain't been in. At the drug store, all my deliveries were down there.' Says he makes from $15 to $18 a week. Eugene Dalton." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

September Bride: 1953

September Bride: 1953

Sept. 12, 1953. Newport, Rhode Island. "Kennedy wedding -- Jacqueline Kennedy throwing the bouquet." Gelatin Silver print by Toni Frissell. View full size.

 

Oysters Any Style: 1939

Oysters Any Style: 1939

1939. Mobile, Alabama. "Collins store -- Royal Street near St. Louis Street." The Panama Cafe looks like our kind of place. Note the Dr Pepper truck in the alley. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Moving Day: 1942

Moving Day: 1942

February 1942. Detroit, Michigan. "Riot at the Sojourner Truth Homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors' attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Moving vans convoyed by police department moving Negroes' furniture." Photo by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 

Bustling Buffalo: 1900

Bustling Buffalo: 1900

Circa 1900. "St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Buffalo, New York." With the Prudential Building and a bicycle repair shop as neighbors. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lincoln at Gettysburg: 1863

Lincoln at Gettysburg: 1863

        "President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication. Examination of the image in 2007 by members of the Center for Civil War Photography indicates that Lincoln may be visible in the crowd when viewed through magnification."

-- Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

November 19, 1863. "Dedication of Monument at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania." Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Dial M for Marilyn: 1953

Dial M for Marilyn: 1953

1953. "Marilyn Monroe enacting a scene from the motion picture How to Marry a Millionaire." Kodachrome by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 
 
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