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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Bon Appetit: 1908

Bon Appetit: 1908

June 1908. Brooklyn, New York. "Mess kitchen, Fort Hamilton." Who wants some Bucket 13? Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Chicken Man: 1941

Chicken Man: 1941

Fall 1941. Somewhere in Massachusetts or upstate New York. Plucking the bill of fare for a roadside chicken joint. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Seafood Special: 1936

Seafood Special: 1936

June 1936. Memphis, Tennessee. The somewhat cryptic (not to mention racist) caption for this one is recorded as "Coon dawgling." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Takoma Hall: 1922

Takoma Hall: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Masonic Temple -- Takoma Park." Takoma Hall, home to Takoma Lodge No. 29. Neighbors include Ben the Jeweler and J.B. Simpson, Grocer. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Cooley Airship: 1910

Cooley Airship: 1910

Rochester, N.Y., ca 1910. "Cooley Airship. The aviator sits in the front to manage the wheel and the engineer sits six feet behind to control the engines." John Cooley's giant kitelike aircraft, of a design dating to the 1890s, was something of an aeronautical dead end. More here as well as here. Bain News Service print of a glass plate now in the Albert R. Stone Negative Collection. View full size.

 

Apartment 17: 1912

Apartment 17: 1912

January 1912. New York. "Basso family, 2 Carmine Street, Apt 17. Making roses in dirty, poorly lighted kitchen. They work some at night. Pauline, 6 years old, works after school. Peter, 8, works until 8 p.m. Mike, (cross-eyed), 12 years old, until 10 p.m. Father keeps a rag shop." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Chez Shermour: 1910

Chez Shermour: 1910

Utica, New York, circa 1910. Title on jacket: "Ex-Governor Seymour's house." Frank Tomaino, history columnist at the Observer-Dispatch of Utica, avers that this is actually the home of Vice President James S. Sherman. Another possibility is that both are true. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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