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Vintage photos of:
1920. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Sandy Spring Bank Robbery." The First National Bank in Sandy Spring, where on April 26, 1920, seven armed robbers killed one employee, locked the rest in the vault and made off with $5,000 in cash and securities. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
March 1943. "Camouflage class at New York University, where men and women are preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry. This model has been camouflaged and photographed. The girl is correcting oversights detected in the camouflaging of a model defense plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Detroit circa 1912. "Dime Savings Bank, Woodward & Willis branch." As is often the case with these glass plates, a supporting player steals the scene: Jordan's Cafeteria, where the Small Steak is 20 cents. The friendly loan officers next door can help with that. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
Detroit circa 1910. "Michigan Central Railroad tunnel." Other points of interest include the manufactory of American Injector (maker of U.S. Injectors and World Injectors), a large sign proclaiming ROYAL SALAD DRESSING, a number of men working on the railroad, and a fellow reading a newspaper. View full size.