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Vintage photos of:
Detroit circa 1915. "Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius." Among the Motown landmarks in this panorama of two 8x10 glass negatives are the Hotel Pontchartrain, Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument, Ford Building, Detroit City Hall and Dime Savings Bank. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Jordan Piano Co. window." National Photo usually shot its window displays at night to avoid the kind of glare seen here; close study will reveal a number of spectral reflections inhabiting the scene, as well as a row of employees behind the latticework. Plus, Nipper center stage. View full size.
"The Hindenburg over Boston Common, 1936." Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of the German airship's explosion at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Medium format acetate negative by Leslie Jones. Boston Public Library. View full size.