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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Fellow Travelers: 1899

Fellow Travelers: 1899

Circa 1899. "R.R. depot at Garrison, New York." En route to their final destination. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Gingerbread Hotel: 1900

Gingerbread Hotel: 1900

Florida circa 1900. "Tampa Bay Hotel." A 500-room resort opened in 1891 by steamship and railroad magnate Henry Plant, now home to the Henry B. Plant Museum on the University of Tampa campus. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

And Step On It: 1917

And Step On It: 1917

San Francisco circa 1917. "Chalmers town car." The ideal conveyance for European nobility, effete academics and the like. Und James, ve do hope zat zeze flowers in de vaz are fresh. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Extra Starch: 1940

Extra Starch: 1940

October 1940. "Trucks outside of a starch factory, Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine. There were almost 50 trucks in the line. Some had been waiting for 24 hours for the potatoes to be graded and weighed." 35mm Kodachrome by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Magnolia Hotel: 1900

Magnolia Hotel: 1900

Circa 1900. "Magnolia Hotel, Pass Christian, Mississippi." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Binary Banking: 1905

Binary Banking: 1905

Cincinnati circa 1905. "Lafayette and Franklin Banks, Third Street." With a painter and a window-washer in supporting roles. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Full Steam Ahead: 1904

Full Steam Ahead: 1904

1904. "New York Central & Hudson River R.R. station, Albany, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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