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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRALIA TRAVEL, c. 1930

Parallel Pondering: 1942

Parallel Pondering: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Boys playing in wrecked houses on Independence Avenue across from the Smithsonian Institution." Large format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sidesaddle: 1929

Sidesaddle: 1929

Washington, D.C., 1929. "Motorcycle" is all it says on the label. This post marks the debut of our new Motorcycles tag. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Refugees: 1937

Refugees: 1937

Feb. 1937. "Refugees from the 1937 flood in their tent of the camp in Marianna, Arkansas." Photo by Edwin Locke, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Army Ambulances: 1942

Army Ambulances: 1942

August 1942. "Detroit, Michigan. Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant. Dodge ambulances are here, lined up for delivery to the Army." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Stiner's Store: 1933

Stiner's Store: 1933

November 1933. "E.H. Elam making interviews at Stiner's Store, Lead Mine Bend, Tenn. Selections for employment with the TVA are made on the basis of ability and efficiency." The vast hydroelectric and flood control project overseen by the Tennessee Valley Authority was one of the New Deal programs enacted under the Roosevelt Administration. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Train Christening: 1929

Train Christening: 1929

July 14, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Ten-year-old Ellen Page Eaton will break a bottle of Potomac River water on the locomotive of a new Pennsylvania Railroad train this morning at 11 o'clock in the Union Station and christen it 'The Senator.' Little Miss Eaton is the daughter of John Eaton, crack engineer of the railroad, who is veteran of 28 years." More of the festivities first glimpsed here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dread of the Dental Chair: 1910

Dread of the Dental Chair: 1910

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Hogan Street." Home to Dr. Williams, Alveolar Dentist, whose slogan NO MORE DREAD OF THE DENTAL CHAIR emblazons his address. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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