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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • GIFT IDEA: VINTAGE TRAVEL POSTERS

Island Rockers: 1904

Island Rockers: 1904

Circa 1904. "North veranda, Manhanset House, Shelter Island, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Capital Transit: 1935

Capital Transit: 1935

October 1935. Washington, D.C. "Capital Transit buses, F and 13th sts. NW." Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street. 4x5 glassneg. View full size.

 

Walk Like a Polynesian: 1920

Walk Like a Polynesian: 1920

Lasses in grasses circa 1920s. "Nelson District, New Zealand. Row of young women (music hall dancers?) in costume, standing barefoot in dance pose, wearing headbands, long strings of beads, Hawaiian hula style grass skirts and anklets." Glass negative by Frederick Nelson Jones. View full size.

 

Leadville Castle: 1941

Leadville Castle: 1941

September 1941. "House in old mining town. Leadville, Colorado." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Rail Disaster: 1933

Rail Disaster: 1933

GRAVE OF MUD

        WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 1933 -- While thousands worked to overcome the havoc wreaked by the storm in the Capital, 300 trainmen struggled with the wreck of the Crescent Limited. The crack extra-fare express was hurtled yesterday from the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad when flood waters undermined the central abutment of the bridge over the Eastern Branch [Anacostia River], just inside the District. All day and all night the crews of railroad men worked, first with acetylene torches to clear debris from the approaches to the bridge, and then with three cranes to lift aside the wrecked cars. Late in the evening a derrick lifting the crushed engine from a grave of mud uncovered the body of the engineer, Arthur H. Bryde, of Washington. The body of J.H. Faye, the fireman, of Havre de Grace, was recovered earlier in the day. It had been ground into the mud of the embankment by a coach.

August 1933. Washington, D.C. "Crescent Limited train wreck." Another look at this wreck. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Watch Your Step: 1933

Watch Your Step: 1933

CRESCENT LIMITED
TRAIN WRECK
at ANACOSTIA BRIDGE

        WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 1933 -- Harried by accident, Pennsylvania Railroad officials last night were bringing up heavy reinforcements of workmen and machinery for the task of reopening the main passenger line into Washington, closed by the collapse of the bridge under the Crescent Limited just inside the District near Kenilworth early Thursday. Two persons were killed and 13 injured in the train crash. A huge pile driver swayed from its fastenings yesterday and plunged into the Eastern Branch. This mishap followed the toppling of a telephone pole, which killed one workman and seriously injured another. A score of men missed death or injury as the pile driver careened into the river. The string of mishaps at the wreck scene continued last night when a beam fell from a wrecking train, crushing the foot of William Covington, colored, Baltimore laborer. Covington was taken to Casualty Hospital ...

August 1933. Washington, D.C. "Crescent Limited train wreck." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Higher Education: 1949

Higher Education: 1949

February 19, 1949. "Lamont Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachu­setts. Fifth-level reading room. Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch & Abbott, architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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