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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Hung Out to Dry: 1936

Hung Out to Dry: 1936

December 1936. "New York. Scene from the Bronx tenement district from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." There are a million stories in the Naked City, and a lot of them seem to involve laundry. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

You Are Here: 1926

You Are Here: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Ford Motor Co." is all the caption says. Who can pinpoint our location using the visual clues provided? Extra credit for Street View links. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Johnnie Burns and his Basement Branch (See Photo 1461). Also photo of his boy who he says is 'ungovernable.' Burns says the 4-year-old twins will be selling soon. 3518 Evans Avenue." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Surf Club: 1947

Surf Club: 1947

August 1, 1947. "Surf Club, Atlantic Beach, Long Island, New York. Beach scene III." Ever alert for signs of distress, the lifeguard must have a keen sense of peripheral vision. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

The Dog Show: 1930

The Dog Show: 1930

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

January or February 1930. Thomas David Schall with dog and woman at Columbia microphone.

Circa 1930 Washington, D.C. Not only can Fido sit, stay and speak, he (or she) can also broadcast. Unlabeled Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 

Incognito: 1942

Incognito: 1942

September 1942. "New York, New York. Boarding interstate buses at the Greyhound terminal, 34th Street." En route to Asbury Park, safe from the paparazzi. Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Dodges of War: 1942

Dodges of War: 1942

August 1942. "Detroit (vicinity). Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant. Hundreds of deft operations are required to assemble and finish the long lines of Dodge Army truck bodies that move daily to final production lines." Just one of the thousands of production lines that spelled doom for the Axis. Medium-format negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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