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

Dear Old Dad: 1943

Dear Old Dad: 1943

March 1943. Montgomery, Alabama. "Marvin Johnson, truck driver, reading the 'funnies' to his children." Happy Father's Day from Shorpy! Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Western Union: 1931

Western Union: 1931

New York, 1931. "Western Union Telegraph Building, West Broadway. Ralph Walker, architect." The hulking Art Deco pile now known as 60 Hudson Street, a TriBeCa landmark. Photo by Irving Underhill. View full size.

 

Oyster House: 1953

Oyster House: 1953

Another in a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in Atlantic City in August, 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. My father-in-law is towards the right in of the line, with my brother-in-law in his arms. My mother-in-law is standing in front of them. My father-in-law was 33 years old at the time. Now he's 93 and still in amazing health. View full size.

Waterfront Lots: 1937

Waterfront Lots: 1937

March 1937. "Ditch bank housing for Mexican field workers. Imperial Valley, California." Washtub and ashcans under the eucalyptus allée. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Sparkling Ale: 1917

Sparkling Ale: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Union Station." In the distance, a glimpse of a long-vanished Capitol Hill landmark, the Washington Brewery smokestack advertising SPARKLING ALE. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Fishnet and Fur: 1952

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Fishnet and Fur: 1952

New York, 1952. "Martha Raye in rehearsal for her television show, All-Star Revue." The Big Mouth had a decent set of gams as well as gums. Photo by Charlotte Brooks for "Perpetual Commotion" in Look magazine. View full size.

The Invention: 1928

The Invention: 1928

JoeH has identified the mystery man as Washington inventor and television pioneer Charles Francis Jenkins (1867-1934), pictured here with what might be considered an early flat-panel video display, its 48-pixel-square grid composed of small neon lamps.

Washington, D.C., in 1928. "NO CAPTION" is the caption for this one; again we turn to the crowd-source wisdom of the Shorpy masses to inquire: What the heck is it? (Close-up here.) Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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