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Hop Till You Drop: 1923

Hop Till You Drop: 1923

April 1923. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Marathon dancers." Participants in a pop culture fad that lasted well into the 1930s; woman on the right holds a Baltimore newspaper clipping with the headline DANCERS BREAK WORLD RECORD AND DISAPPEAR. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Ice Age Cadillac: 1957

Ice Age Cadillac: 1957

1957. "Robert and Norma Norton of Houston, Texas, with their family, illustrating life before and after having the house air-conditioned. Includes photos of the family at a drive-in restaurant having cool air piped into their car" -- a Cadillac sedan that already has air conditioning. Photo by Jim Hansen for the Look magazine article "How the Nortons Beat the Heat." View full size.

The Undernet: 1918

The Undernet: 1918

Circa 1918. "Portland, Maine. Drying fishing nets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Beam Me Up: 1940

Beam Me Up: 1940

1940. "L. Bamberger & Co., Newark, New Jersey. Quality Dress Salon. Interior view. Raymond Loewy Corp., architect." Eljay Photo Service. View full size.

 

Fancy Cakes: 1910

Fancy Cakes: 1910

New York circa 1910, somewhere on the Lower East Side. "Bread for the poor." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Archie Love: 1908

Archie Love: 1908

November 1908. "Chester, S.C. -- Springstein Mills. Archie Love. Said (after hesitating), 'I am 14 years old.' Doesn't look it. Been in mill three years. Worked nights five months at the start." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Tyres & Fittings: 1910

Tyres & Fittings: 1910

1910. "Cycle shop interior. Christchurch, New Zealand." B.S.A. stood for Birmingham Small Arms. Photo by Steffano Francis Webb. View full size.

 
 
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