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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Full Stop: 1917

Full Stop: 1917

Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Auto wreck." Tree 1, Car 0. Another of National Photo's "auto wreck" plates from 1917. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Second Life: 1943

Second Life: 1943

April 1943. Baltimore, Md. "Trolley of 1917 vintage. Many old cars have been reconditioned because of wartime transportation pressure." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

V for Victory: 1942

V for Victory: 1942

Chattanooga, Tennessee, circa 1942. "Defense plant workers at Chattanooga Stamping & Enameling." Office of War Information. View full size.

 

No Left Turn: 1948

No Left Turn: 1948

April 20, 1948. "E.R. Squibb & Son, Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, New York. Harold Burson, client." Note the abundance of antique traffic signals and signage. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Larkspur Eldorado: 1955

Larkspur Eldorado: 1955

1955 Cadillac Eldorado, photographed in the fall of that year by the nine-year-old me, then at the height of my kidhood car fascination. You can tell the part of the car that fascinated me most by how I aimed the camera. I also talked my brother into taking a Kodachrome slide of it. We were on one of the walks we were wont to take around our home town of Larkspur, California. This shot also captures, at the left, a significant moment in Larkspur history: the building of the first homes in the first major post-war housing development, Hillview Gardens. The houses sold in the low 20Ks. The following year the first kids from there started showing up in my classes at Larkspur-Corte Madera School. View full size.

American Tourister: 1952

American Tourister: 1952

An unlabeled slide from the Linda series of Kodachromes. It seems to be 1952, and there are evidently sights to be seen. Commence tourism! View full size.

Inner Sanctum: 1937

Inner Sanctum: 1937

New Orleans, 1937. "Courtyard entrance, 1133-1135 Chartres St." Seen here from another courtyard. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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