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The Apparatus: 1929

The Apparatus: 1929

UPDATE: See the front panel here.

Summer 1929 or thereabouts in Washington, D.C. An impressive rack. Of what? Unlabeled Harris & Ewing glass negative, Part 1 of 2. View full size.

 

Dime-Store Disaster: 1929

Dime-Store Disaster: 1929

During the crowded lunch hour between 1 and 1:30 o'clock today, the oil burner in the basement of McCrory's Five and Ten Cent Store exploded, threw parts of the machinery to the opposite side of the street and making a great hole in the center of the building. The four alarm fire was turned in and every ambulance in the city put into action. Up to 5 p.m., the casualty list showed 2 dead, 3 dying, and 30 injured.

Aftermath of the McCrory disaster, a virtually forgotten chapter in the history of Washington, D.C.: At 1:32 p.m. on Nov. 21, 1929, a boiler in the basement of the McCrory five-and-dime store at 416 Seventh Street NW exploded, demolishing the ground floor and igniting a fire in a deafening blast whose final toll was six dead and dozens injured. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Little Red House School: 1935

Little Red House School: 1935

1935. "School in Red House, West Virginia." Epimetheus sat down sullenly and learned about relative pronouns. Medium-format nitrate negative by Elmer Johnson for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Water Foul: 1935

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Water Foul: 1935

1935. "Miner's house at Scott's Run, West Virginia. Note sewerage system." Photo by Elmer Johnson for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Senator: 1929

The Senator: 1929

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

October 1, 1929. The new crack train from Washington to Boston was inspected today by members of the Massachusetts State Society. Harry Carr of the Pennsylvania R.R. was host. Left to right: Wm. T. Simpson, Treasurer; Frank E. Hicks, Vice Pres.; Mrs. Proctor L. Daugherty; Geo. R. Farnum, Pres. and Assistant Attorney General of the United States; Geo. A. Hornan, Secretary; and Chas. A. Bauman.

Circa 1929 at Washington's Union Station, it's the Senator. Which senator, maybe someone out there knows. Unlabeled Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 

Radio Alfresco: 1929

Radio Alfresco: 1929

UPDATE: Our subject is Dr. James Harris Rogers (1856-1929) of Hyattsville, Md., inventor of the "loop aerial" and holder of numerous patents in telegraphy, telephony and radio:

August 16, 1929. A Veteran Inventor. About 6 miles from Washington, on the edge of the little hamlet of Hyattsville, Md., may be found Dr. James Harris Rogers, wizard inventor, now 80 years old, retired from his work but still erect and energetic. It was Dr. Rogers who during the war proved that water as well as earth and air is a medium for the transmission of electro-magnetic waves. Through the "well" located on his property, high officials heard German official reports.

Radio apparatus and unidentified operator circa 1930 in this unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate. Who can help us fill in the blanks? View full size.

 

Boys of the 71st: 1898

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Boys of the 71st: 1898

Circa 1898. "Boys of the 71st N.Y. at Montauk Point after returning from Cuba." Young veterans of the Spanish-American War. Next stop: The Klondike! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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