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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • 1940 PACKARD SUPER-8

That Cat: 1914

That Cat: 1914

1914. "Kitten being carried on back of doll." And quite a doll, even if she is no Grace Kelly. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Bay Street: 1904

Bay Street: 1904

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1904. "Bay Street." Big Hosiery Sale To-day at Furchgott's! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Game of Cards: 1941

A Game of Cards: 1941

Detroit. "Summer 1941. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Which is how these things often begin. The first in a curious series of photos taken by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. More to come. View full size.

 

To Catch a Kitten: 1954

To Catch a Kitten: 1954

1954. "From photographs of actress Grace Kelly on the movie set of To Catch a Thief." Photo by Robert Vose for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Cast and Crew: 1896

Cast and Crew: 1896

Aboard the U.S.S. Maine in 1896. "A fancy dress ball." Our third look at these costumed revelers aboard the ill-fated battleship, which blew up two years later in Havana Harbor, precipitating the Spanish-American War. 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Short Subjects: 1938

Short Subjects: 1938

September 1938. " 'It's a dirty gyp,' say the mine workers' sons in the penny arcade at outdoor carnival. Granville, West Virginia." Stepstools helpfully provided for the shorter cineastes. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Field Trip: 1942

Field Trip: 1942

      Two of some 300 West Virginians recruited by the Farm Security Administration to travel to Upstate New York for the fall harvest of peaches, apples, tomatoes and other crops, part of a "Food for Victory" campaign occasioned by the wartime manpower shortage.

September 1942. "High school boys and girls going by special train from Richwood, West Virginia, to upper New York state to help bring in the harvest." Photo by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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