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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • PLUCK MAKES LUCK, 1929

Road Trip: 1926

Road Trip: 1926

        Promoters of a proposed "national highway" that would traverse the continent via Washington from New York to Southern California.

Circa 1926. "Mrs. J.A. Whitcomb (Official Car, Lee Highway Association, Cross Continent Trip, at White House)." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Overture to Death: 1943

Overture to Death: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Servicemen and girl at a party." Our title comes from the bookshelf, although it could be from the girl. Strategically, her companion has the right idea: Get your lady comfortable with food and drink, and maybe a pillow. Add conversation and stir. Operationally, though, we'd say the execution needs work. Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Feminine Propensities: 1942

Feminine Propensities: 1942

August 1942. "Testing small diameter, high-speed twist drills, these women employed by Republic Drill & Tool, Chicago, roll the drills down a slight incline to determine regularity of diameter. It's a job requiring patience and finger dexterity, and these young women possess those definite feminine propensities for just such work." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mary Poppins: 1963

Mary Poppins: 1963

Summer 1963. "Julie Andrews on the set of the film Mary Poppins." Kodachrome from photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "Julie Andrews Goes to Hollywood." Today, with the opening of Saving Mr. Banks, you can see the 2013 Hollywood version of the story behind the making of this 50-year-old Hollywood version of the 80-year-old P.L. Travers story. View full size.

Gaslight Alley: 1914

Gaslight Alley: 1914

Washington, D.C., 1914. "Alley clearance -- slum views." (Seen earlier here.) Familiar fixtures from a century ago include the gas lamp, maypole-style phone pole and a turnbuckle star. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Royal Gorge: 1900

Royal Gorge: 1900

Colorado circa 1900. "In the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Rio Grande Southern Railway." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Points of Interest: 1942

Points of Interest: 1942

Spring 1942. "Detroit. Fashion show presented by the Chrysler Girls' Club of the Chrysler Corp. at Saks Fifth Avenue store. Girl modeling a corselette." Photo by Arthur Siegel (of Card Game fame), Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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