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A post for the first day of spring, and the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Commence sketching and shooting!
April 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Photographers shooting cherry blossoms at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
1952. "Photographs show families who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl years. People pictured include Mr. & Mrs. Dinwiddie with daughter Ruth and grandchildren Margaret and Bobby." From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "What's Become of the Okies?" View full size.
When you're being booked for Drunk & Disorderly in front of this guy, the blue (?) lights must be awesome to behold.
Oct. 7, 1954. "Police desk, Village Hall, Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Moore & Hutchins, client." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.
July 1924. "A new use for discarded automobile horns has been discovered by Dr. William C. Fowler, health officer of Washington, D.C. Dr. Fowler has adapted an old rams-horn type auto horn, a relic of the days when they blew them with bulbs, and fitted it to his radio to serve as a loudspeaker. This gives as good a tone as any he could buy, he says." This photo of Dr. Fowler tuning a Freed-Eisemann Neutrodyne receiver clears up the minor mystery of who this is. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.