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Municipal Gothic: 1908

Municipal Gothic: 1908

Circa 1908. "City Hall -- Columbus, Ohio." Populated by a cast of ectoplasmic pedestrians. Added bonus: windowsill milk bottles! View full size.

 

Goldbeck, Mrs., With Dog

Goldbeck, Mrs., With Dog

October 18, 1926. "Goldbeck, Walter, Mrs., with dog. 1 West 66th Street, New York City." 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Belt Line Caboose: 1943

Belt Line Caboose: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Belt Line cabooses never go long distances or at very high speeds and are therefore constructed differently from line cabooses." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Minor Heroes: 1910

Minor Heroes: 1910

New Zealand circa 1910. "Studio portrait of bicycle road racing team with four young men in riding attire with two small cups, manager with polka dot tie and coach alongside, Christchurch." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Levers of Power: 1929

Levers of Power: 1929

December 30, 1929. "Dr. K.C. Dickinson, chief of the Heat and Power Division of the Bureau of Standards, and the control room of the new aircraft engine testing laboratory at Arlington, Virginia. Here all engines for use on licensed airplanes are to be tested. The control room and the room in which the engines are mounted are heavily reinforced with concrete to prevent flying engine parts striking the observers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rolling Roadblock: 1953

Rolling Roadblock: 1953

October 1953, on US 61 south of Hastings, Minnesota. The new Henry J with Wisconsin plates is flailing along on all four cylinders, but getting great gas mileage. We'll pass as soon as we get around this curve. Who remembers bug deflectors? View full size.

Brother Red: 1915

Brother Red: 1915

May 1915. "Nine-year-old newsie and his 7-year-old brother 'Red.' Tough specimen of Los Angeles newsboys." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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