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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Aquatic Park: 1966

Aquatic Park: 1966

For a change, here are some cars in San Francisco that aren't 90 to 100 years old. My favorite part, though, is the family photo op in progress over on the left, which I just now noticed. I was in Ghirardelli Square when I took this Kodachrome slide in summer 1966. View full size.

Sunnyside Mill: 1940

Sunnyside Mill: 1940

September 1940. Eureka, Colorado. "The Sunnyside mill, now abandoned. There is still gold ore here but the best has been taken out and now the lower grades which are expensive to process do not attract the mine and mill operators." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Utopian Picnic: 1936

Utopian Picnic: 1936

July 1936. "Hillhouse, Mississippi. Girls with food for Fourth of July celebration at Delta Cooperative Farm settled by evicted sharecroppers from Arkansas, organized in 1935 by Sherwood Eddy, a New York writer and reformer." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Beer Belle: 1939

Beer Belle: 1939

June 1939. "Dudes at bar. Birney, Montana." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Laundry Legs: 1940

Laundry Legs: 1940

September 1940. "Old house in Silverton, Colorado. This was the type of house built by mine and mill operators in the early mining days and indicates that the owners felt that the mining operations would be of a permanent nature." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Tower of Cat: 1973

Tower of Cat: 1973

Did you know that cats like to be inside things? Oh, OK. But nobody at our place expected this. Seen here, the top of the windmill has been stored away for either safe-keeping or the approaching winter; a wind-driven wheel animated a farmer chopping wood. I forget how, why or possibly from whom we got it, but almost immediately upon installation Kitty crawled into it and forever after it led her top ten list of favorite places in our Larkspur, California yard. I shot this in fall 1973 on glorious Kodachrome. Sharp-eyed folk will note it's partly double-exposed. View full size.

Rio Grande: 1940

Rio Grande: 1940

September 1940. "Railroad yards. Durango, Colorado." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Archer Camera: 1946

Archer Camera: 1946

My grandparents Ralph E. and Mildred M. Archer, center and right, in the camera shop they owned and operated from 1929 to 1961 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Originally at 104 Exchange Place and then later just around the corner at 113 West Central Avenue. Scan from a 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

 
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