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Bustling Springfield: 1908

Bustling Springfield: 1908

Springfield, Mass., circa 1908. "Railroad arch on Main Street." Seen here a couple months ago from another vantage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Capitol Kid: 1942

Capitol Kid: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "A young boy who lives near the nation's Capitol." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Lonely Alley: 1923

The Lonely Alley: 1923

Another 1923 view of back-alley Washington, D.C., from an unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate. Who goes there, aside from the birds? View full size.

 

Ghosts of State Street: 1908

Ghosts of State Street: 1908

Circa 1908. "State Street -- Springfield, Massachusetts." The long-departed denizens of this leafy enclave can be seen going about their blurry business with ectoplasmic flair in this exposure lasting perhaps two or three seconds. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Waterbirds of Washington: 1942

Waterbirds of Washington: 1942

June 1942. "Sunbathers in East Potomac Park on Sunday." The White-Breasted Knee-Knocker appears at the first sign of warm weather. Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Danger City: 1942

Danger City: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Young boy standing in the doorway of his home on Seaton Road in the Northwest section. His leg was cut off by a streetcar while he was playing in the street." Photo by Gordon Parks. View full size.

 

Redwater in Washington: 1917

Redwater in Washington: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Indians: Redwater and group." My headdress was at the cleaners. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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