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

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.

 

12-Hour Photo: 1901

12-Hour Photo: 1901

Circa 1901. "The Islesworth and Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City." Much interesting signage among the hotels, our favorite being the advertisement for photo developing and printing "in 12 hours." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Little Miss Revlon: 1957

Little Miss Revlon: 1957

"Christmas 1957." Having seen the boy toys at Kermy and Janet's house in Baltimore, we now move on to the girl gifts, which include Little Miss Revlon and Betsy McCall dolls as well as a Fun With Needlepoint Kit ("Make your own horse"). What else do we recognize here? 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Mathletes: 1943

Mathletes: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "A mechanical drawing class at Woodrow Wilson High School." The Popular Girls making themselves scarce. Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Amazing Grace: 1950s

Amazing Grace: 1950s

"Dr. Grace Hopper, director, Systems Research, Remington Rand, half-length portrait, seated, smoking cigarette." The pioneering computer programmer and Navy admiral (1906-1992) is the subject of today's Google Doodle, marking her 107th birthday. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. View full size.

 

Little Italy: 1902

Little Italy: 1902

        "Permeated by the passionate, vengeful Neapolitan spirit, despite a pleasing lack of half-intelligible broken English."

-- New York Times

New York, 1902. "Scene from Little Italy showing Minnie Maddern Fiske on bed, Frederic De Belleville kneeling, Claus Bogel seated with head bowed, and group of people in doorway." Little Italy, a "one-act tragedy of the East Side" by Horace Fry first performed in 1898, was revived on Broadway in 1902 for a 24-performance run at the Manhattan Theatre. Joseph Byron photo. View full size.

 

Recon Escort: 1960

Recon Escort: 1960

August 4, 1960. "Family and mourners at the Arlington National Cemetery burial of Willard G. Palm, RB-47 reconnaissance airplane pilot shot down by the Russians." Photo by John T. Bledsoe, U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 
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