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The Eastman Hotel: 1901

The Eastman Hotel: 1901

Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1901. "The Eastman Hotel." Completed in 1890; demolished 1946 after serving as a hospital annex and transit hub for the military during World War 2. Panorama of three 8x10 glass negatives. View full size.

 

Blue Apron: 1950

Blue Apron: 1950

        "Remove from oven. Place on platter garnished with parsley and passive-aggression; serves your entire ungrateful family."

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1950. "Mrs. D.L. Randall." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Through to Morgantown: 1905

Through to Morgantown: 1905

Circa 1905. "Pittsburgh, Penna. -- the Monongahela wharves." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Majestic: 1900

Majestic: 1900

Detroit circa 1900. "Majestic Building and Campus Martius." The Motor City, back when bicycles and horses filled the streets. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Dark Passage: 1942

Dark Passage: 1942

Washington, D.C., 1942. "Children on rowhouse steps, corner of N and Union Streets S.W." Note service stars in the windows and the curious narrow passage between houses. Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. View full size.

 

Baby Carrier: 1890s

Baby Carrier: 1890s

"Lawrence, Mrs. G.W. -- between February 1894 and February 1901." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Madonna of the Hops: 1939

Madonna of the Hops: 1939

August 1939. Yakima Valley, Washington. "Champion hop picker in squatter camp before the season opens. Earned five dollars a day in the 1938 season. Age 23, been on the road seven years. Married. 'I think I did pretty well, only have one baby. Want to get out of this living like a dog'." Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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