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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

Tat Mom: 1939

Tat Mom: 1939

        For someone raising a family in a hovel made from tin signs in the city dump, this lady seems to be doing pretty well.

January 1939. "Mother of family on relief living in shanty at city dump. Herrin, Illinois." Seen earlier here. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Coke House: 1939

Coke House: 1939

January 1939. "Herrin, Illinois. Family on relief living in shanty at city dump." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Sugar and Spice: 1943

Sugar and Spice: 1943

February 1943. "Moreno Valley, New Mexico. Mary Mutz making an apple pie on the Mutz ranch." John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bricks & Mortars: 1906

Bricks & Mortars: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Seventy-First Regiment Armory, Park Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Navy Payday: 1905

Navy Payday: 1905

1905. Annapolis, Maryland. "Payday at the U.S. Naval Academy." Note the gas­light fixture, and impressive array of ink stamps. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1928. "Car wreck after an accident." One dejected-looking Jewett. Wellington Evening Post glass negative. View full size.

 

Balcony View: 1923

Balcony View: 1923

        Thanks to our commenters, we've zeroed in on the location: the 500 block of Royal Street.

Circa 1923. "Street scene, New Orleans." Who can name the street? It has a nice view of the Hibernia Bank tower. Photo by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 
 
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