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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Levers of Power: 1929

Levers of Power: 1929

December 30, 1929. "Dr. K.C. Dickinson, chief of the Heat and Power Division of the Bureau of Standards, and the control room of the new aircraft engine testing laboratory at Arlington, Virginia. Here all engines for use on licensed airplanes are to be tested. The control room and the room in which the engines are mounted are heavily reinforced with concrete to prevent flying engine parts striking the observers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rolling Roadblock: 1953

Rolling Roadblock: 1953

October 1953, on US 61 south of Hastings, Minnesota. The new Henry J with Wisconsin plates is flailing along on all four cylinders, but getting great gas mileage. We'll pass as soon as we get around this curve. Who remembers bug deflectors? View full size.

Brother Red: 1915

Brother Red: 1915

May 1915. "Nine-year-old newsie and his 7-year-old brother 'Red.' Tough specimen of Los Angeles newsboys." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Airport Transport: 1963

Airport Transport: 1963

      Our third look at the Dulles Airport "mobile lounges" that moved passengers from terminal to plane. Consisting of a body made the Budd Co. of Philadelphia mated to a Chrysler chassis powered by two 172-hp engines, each 37-ton, 90-passenger unit cost $232,733; an engineering prototype constructed in 1961 cost $1.6 million.

"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Virginia, 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounges." Photo by Balthazar Korab. View full size.

 

Essex Street: 1910

Essex Street: 1910

Circa 1910. Salem, Massachusetts. "Bertram-Waters House (Salem Public Library), 370 Essex Street." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Babysitter: 1952

The Babysitter: 1952

L.A., August 1952. "Marilyn Monroe attending a publicity event for the film Don't Bother to Knock." Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

Down to Belen: 1943

Down to Belen: 1943

March 1943. "Belen, New Mexico. Going across the Rio Grande River Valley on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R.R. between Vaughn and Belen, New Mexico. There is a drop of over 1600 feet in elevation." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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