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Vintage photos of:
"Detroit Photographic Co. Special (William Henry Jackson seated at table in Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad car)." I've been reading WHJ's autobiography, "Time Exposure," which he began in his tenth decade and completed in 1940, two years before his death at age 99. Highly recommended by Shorpy's Book Club. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.
Somewhere in the 1950s; feel free to fill in the blanks. View full size.
October 22, 1900. "Russian warship Retvizan, day before launching, Cramp's shipyards, Philadelphia." This battleship had its ups and downs -- built for the Imperial Russian Navy, torpedoed during the Russo-Japanese War, refloated, then sunk, then raised, then commissioned in the Japanese Navy, then sunk again. Whew. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.