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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

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.

 

A Diamond for Lil: 1959

A Diamond for Lil: 1959

March 3, 1959. "Long Island Lighting Co. trucks and men." A Diamond T truck bearing the likeness of Lilco's "Lil." Photo by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Tabulatrices: 1935

Tabulatrices: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Office workers." A future diorama in the National Secretarial Museum. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Catholic Evidence: 1943

Catholic Evidence: 1943

July 1943. Washington, D.C. "Member of the Catholic Evidence Guild speaking in Logan Circle." Photo by Joseph Horne, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Central Savings: 1905

Central Savings: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Central Savings Bank, Grand River Avenue branch." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Your Next Promotion: 1952

Your Next Promotion: 1952

June 1952. Cornered in his corner office: "Harried executive sitting at desk with pill bottles and ashtray full of cigarette butts; arms are handing him papers and a telephone." Photo by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Your Next Promotion Can Kill You." View full size.

 
 
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