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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

On the Ground: 1942

On the Ground: 1942

May 1942. "Running up a barrage balloon. Scene at the U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp at Parris Island, South Carolina." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Free Parking: 1937

Free Parking: 1937

September 1937. "Drugstore in Washington, D.C." Marked down from 35¢: Vince, now just 29 cents. Medium-format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Most Perfect Moving Pictures: 1907

The Most Perfect Moving Pictures: 1907

Circa 1907. "Laconia, New Hampshire -- Main Street." A highlight here is the handbill advertising "the most perfect moving pictures" and "animated pantomimic dramas" at the Folsom Opera House. View full size.

 

Final Inspector: 1936

Final Inspector: 1936

1936. Camden, New Jersey. "RCA Victor Final Inspector -- testing radio frequency alignment and making final test of chassis. This takes place in a room entirely surrounded by copper screening in order to protect testing from any interference. This is the job requiring the highest skill. Even technical training, such as an electrical engineering course, must be supplemented by a course of training at the plant for this particular work." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

The Experiment: 1930

The Experiment: 1930

There's no label for this circa 1930 Harris & Ewing plate, but maybe it's best that we don't know what's going on. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK.

 

Billie Burke: 1908

Billie Burke: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Burke, Billie, Miss." The stage actress and D.C. native Billie Burke, last seen here a week ago. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Kern County Camp: 1936

Kern County Camp: 1936

November 1936. "View of Kern County migrant camp. California." One of the many Depression-era tent camps run by the Farm Security Administration that served as way stations for Dust Bowl migrants from the Midwest who found work picking crops in the citrus groves and vegetable fields of the West Coast. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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