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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOHANNESBURG, THE WONDER CITY

Grand Hotel: 1900

Grand Hotel: 1900

Circa 1900. "The Hollenden, Cleveland." A giant hostelry that opened in 1885 and was demolished in 1962. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

The Big Biplane: 1918

The Big Biplane: 1918

WILSON AT TRIAL OF GIANT PLANE

        The trial of the first American-built Handley-Page aeroplane, driven by Capt. E.B. Waller, of the British royal air force, yesterday was witnessed by President Wilson and Secretary Baker. A crowd of more than 5,000 greeted the President when he arrived at the polo field in Potomac Park early in the afternoon.

-- Washington Post, Nov. 16, 1918

November 1918. Washington, D.C. "Bolling Field -- Handley Page on polo grounds." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dawsonville: 1917

Dawsonville: 1917

Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1917. "Ford car in front of Dawsonville country store, probably H.E. French's." Herbert French being the proprietor of the National Photo Company. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Master of the House: 1895

Master of the House: 1895

Young Willard Douglas at home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895. 5x7 glass negative by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

Super Fly: 1972

Super Fly: 1972

Some may find it fitting that this photo of me was taken at the San Francisco Zoo. I remember having striped pants in the 70s, but this total ensemble comes as a surprise, since I'd never seen this photo until a few days ago. It turned up in a box of forgotten slides at my friend's house. I attribute my expression to having just spotted him aiming his camera at me. For my part, I'm clutching my first movie camera, a Super-8 GAF job with an 8-1 zoom lens. View full size.

Grandmother's House: 1895

Grandmother's House: 1895

The Douglas family home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895. Click here for a circa 1960 view, a few years before it was demolished to make way for a nursing home. 5x7 glass plate by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

Grandmother's House: 1960

Grandmother's House: 1960

The Douglas family home at 6833 Eastern Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1960. Color slide by Shorpy member Steve King's dad, whose mother, Helen Douglas King, lived there when she was a little girl. View full size.

 
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