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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOHANNESBURG, THE WONDER CITY

Canyonland: 1908

Canyonland: 1908

Pittsburgh circa 1908. "Fifth Avenue looking north." On the left, Kaufmann's. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Victorian Radio: 1924

Victorian Radio: 1924

June 1924. Washington, D.C. "Carl W. Mitman, Curator of Engineering, U.S. National Museum [Smithsonian Institution], holding what is believed to be the first radio tube, made in 1898 by D. McFarlan Moore of New York. Radio waves emanating from this tube ignited a bomb a city block away and blew up a miniature of the Battleship Maine." Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 

A Grand Day Out: 1962

A Grand Day Out: 1962

"Adams Reunion, 1962." Somewhere in Maryland or Pennsylvania, it's Kermy at left with the glasses, sister Janet on the right with tot and Dale with the watch, relationship unknown. A nice day in the cemetery-cornfield. View full size.

Clover Camp: 1905

Clover Camp: 1905

Circa 1905 near Christchurch, New Zealand. "Young people with camping gear, having tea and cake in front of tent with 'Clover Camp' sign." These natty campers have even brought umbrellas. Glass plate by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Blues in the Night: 1941

Blues in the Night: 1941

May 1941. "In the convict camp at Greene County, Georgia." The guitarist is bluesman Buddy Moss. Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Kitty Hawk: 1914

Kitty Hawk: 1914

Circa 1914. "Cat in costume piloting toy airplane." Photo by Harry W. Frees, the Ansel Adams of feline kitsch. Or would that be catsch? View full size.

 

Danger Lurks: 1908

Danger Lurks: 1908

Cos Cob, Connecticut, circa 1908. "Owanoke Prospector's Camp -- Wyndygoul." Camping on the estate of writer-naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Points of interest in this 8x10 glass plate: many trees camouflaging one ambush. Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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