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

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.

 

Jack's Birthday: 1956

Jack's Birthday: 1956

Pennsylvania circa 1956. A birthday party for my older brother, lower right in the red cowboy boots. He looks to be turning 6 or 7, which would make this near the end of January 1956 or 1957. My mother served spaghetti because it was his favorite meal. Today she'll tell you that she must have been out of her mind to serve spaghetti to all those boys. There were no expensive "thanks for coming" goody-bags like kids get today. They were given a couple of noisemakers (which, knowing my mother, were left over from New Year's) and sent home to drive their parents crazy! View full size.

St. James Hotel: 1910

St. James Hotel: 1910

Circa 1910. "St. James Hotel -- Utica, New York." Continuing our tour of the Handshake City. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Erie Canal: 1910

Erie Canal: 1910

Utica, New York, circa 1910. "Erie Canal at Utica." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Utility Boy: 1913

Utility Boy: 1913

November 1913. Orange, Texas. "General Utility Boy at Lutcher & Moore Lumber. 'I'm 14 years old; been here one year. Get $1 a day.' He runs errands and helps around. I saw him pushing some of these empty cars. Exposed to the weather and some danger. In the sawmill and planing mill I saw several boys who might be under 15." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Ledger B: 1902

Ledger B: 1902

1902. "Cashier cage -- Richmond & Backus Co., Detroit." Another peek behind the scenes at this printing and bindery business. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Patent Office: 1924

The Patent Office: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "U.S. Patent Office." Now the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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