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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Slick and Quick: 1926

Slick and Quick: 1926

Fairfax County, Virginia, circa 1926. "Freeman House Store -- Vienna, Va." A historic structure that figured in the Civil War. Our title comes from a retail detail. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Catpins: 1914

Catpins: 1914

1914. "Kitten in costume with bowling ball and pins." If memory serves, an omen of the impending Apocalypse. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Curlers in Her Hair: 1963

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Curlers in Her Hair: 1963

Rob and Laura redux: Another glimpse of Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke on the "Dick Van Dyke Show" set in 1963. Photo by Earl Theisen for the article "America's Favorite TV Wife" in Look magazine. View full size.

Potomac Park: 1908

Potomac Park: 1908

Circa 1908. "The Boulevard, Potomac Park, Washington, D.C." Various national landmarks in a strikingly uncrowded capital. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Shopping Center: 1954

The Shopping Center: 1954

Sept. 27, 1954. Smithtown, New York. "Smithtown Shopping Center. General view." Meet you at Play Mart in an hour. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Crack Shot: 1957

Crack Shot: 1957

"M + Jamie Wooddale 10-19-57." Our latest slide from the Linda Kodachromes. Construct your own narrative from the various cues and clues! View full size.

Airplane Mode: 1929

Airplane Mode: 1929

Dec. 5, 1929. Ignition interference from airplane engines on aircraft is largely a myth according to C. Francis Jenkins, Washington, D.C., inventor who has designed a radio receiving set which he says does not pick up noises from a flying power plant. In this photograph is shown Mr. Jenkins (right) and his laboratory assistant.

Video pioneer Francis Jenkins, seen here last week, and an anonymous protege who has a telegraph key strapped to his leg. By our reckoning this counts as early mobile texting. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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