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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • GIFT IDEA: VINTAGE TRAVEL POSTERS

Gaiety Camp: 1910

Gaiety Camp: 1910

New Zealand circa 1910. "Group men outside a tent with a sign reading 'The Gaiety Camp,' showing each man performing domestic duties. Probably Christchurch district." It would be interesting to know something about the history of these elaborate camps (note the geranium flower beds), and how long the custom lasted. Photo by Adam Maclay, who made hundreds of these portraits. View full size.

 

Legend of the Snowman: 1957

Legend of the Snowman: 1957

From the Linda Kodachromes, circa 1957, comes this unlabeled slide of posters for the school Christmas play on December 16, so get your tickets soon. WHS is, as near as we can figure, Whitefield High School in New Hampshire. View full size.

Lunch With Lana: 1951

Lunch With Lana: 1951

        Lana Turner as shot for Look magazine. Which was, basically, an imitation of Life.

June 1951. "Actress Lana Turner lunching poolside at the Coral Casino in Santa Barbara, Calif." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

The Sugar Factory: 1915

The Sugar Factory: 1915

Crockett, Calif., circa 1915. "South view of refinery and entrance to Loring Avenue." Plant of the California & Hawaii Sugar Refining Co. View full size.

 

Read All About It: 1942

Read All About It: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. Where Southington folk buy their magazines." Photo by Fenno Jacobs, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Next Wave: 1920

Next Wave: 1920

        Enrollments are limited, so act now to get in on the ground floor of wireless telephony!

Washington, D.C., 1920. "National Radio School." Last seen here in an exterior view. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Shopping Center: 1952

The Shopping Center: 1952

April 30, 1952. "Great Neck Shopping Center, Great Neck, Long Island. Lathrop Douglass, architect." Graveyard of forgotten brands: Hudson, Studebaker, Wanamaker. Seen here earlier. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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