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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

Hotel Chamberlin: 1905

Hotel Chamberlin: 1905

        The Chamberlin, a gigantic Queen Anne-style hotel designed by the firm of Smithmeyer and Pelz, architects of the Library of Congress, opened in 1894 and was destroyed by fire in 1920.

1905. "Hotel Chamberlin and government dock, Old Point Comfort, Virginia." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Continental: 1947

The Continental: 1947

August 6, 1947. "Continental Hotel, Chicago." 45-story tower completed in 1929; the onion dome encloses a spiral staircase leading to a small observatory. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Hitting the Sauce: 1958

Hitting the Sauce: 1958

Oakland circa 1958. "Collision with truck." Oldsmobile meets Hunt's Tomato Sauce. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Cultural Oasis: 1905

Cultural Oasis: 1905

The Motor City circa 1905. "Detroit Opera House and Palmer Fountain." Also called the Merrill Fountain. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Drop-In Guest: 1958

Drop-In Guest: 1958

Oakland circa 1958, and yet another motoring mishap. The clipboard reads CECIL PRICE, OPD. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Cobb, Bates & Yerxa: 1906

Cobb, Bates & Yerxa: 1906

1906. "Looking east, Boston, Mass." Showing Boston Harbor and, at lower left, historic Faneuil Hall. Our title comes from the grocery next door and its finger-pointing signage. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Warehouse Fire: 1925

Warehouse Fire: 1925

        A spectacular fire that spread with a rapidity that stunned firemen virtually destroyed the five-story warehouse of S. Kann & Sons, at Eighth and D streets northwest, shortly after 7 o'clock last night. Merchandise valued at $175,000 was destroyed by the fire, which raced through the building as though fanned by a giant bellows.
        It is believed that a cigarette was accidentally thrown into a basket of excelsior and that the basket was moved into the packing room from the street.
-- Washington Post

January 10, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Fire at S. Kanns warehouse, Eighth and D streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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