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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JEWISH RELIEF CAMPAIGN, 1917

The Soprano: 1920

The Soprano: 1920

      "Robert Murray, boy soprano with a voice reaching to the D which falls on the sixth ledger line above the treble clef, said to be the highest voice on record, has been astonishing New York City. His imitations of bird calls at a concert given at the Hippodrome are said to have been remarkable." -- The Etude, January 1922

November 1920. New York. "Murray singing 'Queen of Night'." Robert Murray, "phenomenal boy soprano" from Tacoma, Washington. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Recovering Nicely: 1953

Recovering Nicely: 1953

1953. Marilyn Monroe with Look magazine photographer John Vachon in Alberta, Canada, after she hurt her ankle filming River of No Return. View full size.

Detroit on the Ways: 1904

Detroit on the Ways: 1904

November 1904. Ecorse, Michigan. "Great Lake Engineering Works. Steamer Detroit, Michigan Central Transfer, before the launch." The giant railcar ferry seen here. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Apple Saucy: 1927

Apple Saucy: 1927

Washington, D.C., or vicinity. 1927. "Girls with apples." Possibly promoting National Apple Week. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Memphis Bridge: 1985

Memphis Bridge: 1985

"Memphis Bridge spanning Mississippi River between Memphis, Tennessee, and West Memphis, Arkansas. Cantilever span detail, view to southwest." 1985 photo by Clayton B. Fraser for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

1938. "Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Joe Gladski, wife of a coal miner at Maple Hill." Photo by Sheldon Dick, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Power Steering: 1943

Power Steering: 1943

March 1943. "A truck driver on U.S. Highway 29 near Charlottesville, Virginia." Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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