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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Scraping By: 1925

Scraping By: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Snow removal -- Ford Motor Co. (Fordson) tractor, Pennsylvania Avenue." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

These Three: 1950

These Three: 1950

I have no idea of the relationship between these three, but they look straight out of a Hollywood gangster film, or maybe everyone back then looked like they were in a gangster film. From a box of found Kodachrome slides. View full size.

Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        The colorized Christmas tree is back, 103 years after its debut in Madison Square. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Chestnut Farms: 1925

Chestnut Farms: 1925

Circa 1925. "Chestnut Farms Sanitary Dairy." The cows were pastured somewhere near Philadelphia, their milk processed at George Oyster's dairy plant on Connecticut Avenue in Washington. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Family Tree: 1915

Family Tree: 1915

"Dickey Christmas tree, 1915." The family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, whose somewhat unhinged holiday photos are a Christmas tradition here at Shorpy. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mrs. Manors: 1920

Mrs. Manors: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Marmon 34 Limousine." A notation on the negative sleeve identifies this stately structure, seen previously here and here, first as a hospital (struck through) and then as "apartments." Who can help us fill in the blanks? 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Pony Boy: 1935

Pony Boy: 1935

        "Nice kid, but he's nine ponies short of a merry-go-round."

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "NO CAPTION (boy on toy pony next to Christmas tree)." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lux Nocturna: 1933

Lux Nocturna: 1933

January 6, 1933. "Manhattan from St. George Hotel in Brooklyn to financial district, night view." 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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