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The Cautious Commuter: 1942

The Cautious Commuter: 1942

September 1942. "New York, New York. Waiting for the Third Avenue elevated railway at East 89th Street about 8:45 a.m." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Pioneer Park: 1929

Pioneer Park: 1929

San Francisco, 1929. "Franklin sedan at Pioneer Park, Telegraph Hill." The view-blocking "funeral urn" balustrade, like the Franklin, proved unpopular with motorists and soon vanished. 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

Andy at Home: 1962

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Andy at Home: 1962

May 16, 1962. "Television actor Andy Griffith at his summer home on Roanoke Island, N.C. Photos show Griffith hugging and roughhousing with wife Barbara; at home with children Dixie and Sam, and others; with family on the beach near Albermarle Sound; deep sea fishing in the Sound; hunting with his dog; playing guitar and bass horn; plowing his field; speaking at a local beauty contest(?); signing autographs for fans; visiting the jail at Manteo, N.C." 35mm negative by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "Andy Griffith: Sheriff of Mayberry." View full size.

Powder Play: 1939

Powder Play: 1939

Oct. 14, 1939. "Hit that line, coed! Captain Alice Shanks, carrying football, running behind good interference as the young women from Western State College staged their annual Powder Bowl game on a mountain gridiron in Gunnison, Colorado." New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photo Collection. View full size.

 

Orphan Odyssey: 1924

Orphan Odyssey: 1924

23 Students Here After
Crossing Continent on Way to Florida.

        The tourists' camp in East Potomac park has been temporarily converted into a school. Twenty-three children from 3 to 19 years of age, students of the Draper's Children's Home, of Des Moines, Wash., are making their home there after a five month's trip across the continent.
        They left Des Moines in June in a caravan of sleeping trucks, kitchen wagons and closed automobiles, bound for Florida, where they will pass the winter. They arrived here Friday. H.M. Draper, superintendent, heads the school-caravan.
        A tutor is with the caravan and the children have daily school sessions. The report of their progress is mailed back to the superintendent of schools in Spokane, Wash., where they normally attend.
        Most of the children are musicians or singers. Saturday they serenaded The Washington Post and the District commissioners and they are planning outdoor concerts here for this week.

-- The Washington Post, Nov. 24, 1924

Nov. 25, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Orphans of Des Moines, Wash., at tourist camp." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dime-Store Ghosts: 1919

Dime-Store Ghosts: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "McCrory's 5 and 10 Cent Store, Seventh Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Modern Photography: 1943

Modern Photography: 1943

July 1943. Glen Echo, Maryland. "Climbing the ladder to the sliding board at the Glen Echo swimming pool on a hot day." Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 
 
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