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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Booze Is Back: 1934

Booze Is Back: 1934

Washington, D.C., circa 1934. "Leon's Delicatessen, 1131 14th Street NW. Window display of whiskey." Courtesy of Leon Slavin (1893-1975), who, according to his obituary, "obtained the first off-sale retail liquor license in Washington after the repeal of Prohibition." 8x10 negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

The Twiddler: 1924

The Twiddler: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. Tweaking the dials on a Freed Eisemann Neutrodyne receiver and a Western Electric 138 amplifier. On the shelf: Westinghouse "Rectigon" battery chargers. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

College Modern II: 1965

College Modern II: 1965

August 1965. Cal Poly's San Luis Obispo campus underwent a building boom in the early 1960s, still prime time for Mid-Century Modern architecture (earlier I posted another example). Here we have the college's Administration Building a year after it opened, the landscaping so new it looks like an architect's rendering. My Kodachrome slide also captured these cars: first, something of a rarity, a sporty French Facel Vega; next, a 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe; finally, part of a 1964 Dodge, the part that shows that Chrysler Corporation's "Forward Look" was now a thing of the past. I took this shot at my brother's alma mater on either the way to or the way back from a visit to my sister and her family in Diamond Bar which, incidentally, is near Cal Poly's Pomona campus. View full size.

Ahead of the Curve: 1955

Ahead of the Curve: 1955

March 30, 1955. "Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach. Over pool to hotel. Morris Lapidus, client." The luxe hostelry's first "season" after its opening. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Uncle Jack: 1961

Uncle Jack: 1961

August 1961. Summer in Hyannis Port: "President John F. Kennedy driving a golf cart full of Kennedy [Shriver, Smith, Lawford] family children." Photo by Stanley Tretick for the Look magazine assignment "Uncle Jack." View full size.

King's Chapel: 1909

King's Chapel: 1909

Circa 1909. "King's Chapel, Boston." Note the unusually explicit One-Way sign on the lamppost: "Vehicles Must Go in Direction of Arrow." View full size.

 

Multi-Storied: 1937

Multi-Storied: 1937

Circa 1937. "61 Washington Street, Charleston." A house that's seen a lot of living. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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