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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

The Pop Shop: 1941

The Pop Shop: 1941

October 1941. New Baltimore on the Hudson, New York. "Store on the Hudson." Held together by pop signs. My favorite is the one for Nehi -- nothing goes with grape soda like a sexy pair of gams! Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Cannery Row: 1912

Cannery Row: 1912

February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "'We give them houses to live in.' About 50 persons housed in this miserable row of dilapidated shacks located on an old shell-pile and partly surrounded by a tidal marsh. Maggioni Canning Co." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Polka-Dot Tot: 1958

Polka-Dot Tot: 1958

October 1958, somewhere in Pennsylvania, getting ready for the big night! Our third slide from this batch of 35mm Kodachromes. View full size.

Lilliputian Bazaar: 1905

Lilliputian Bazaar: 1905

New York circa 1905. "West 23rd Street." Home to Best & Co's "Lilliputian Bazaar," Bonwit Teller ("Women's Outer Garments"), Waterbury Dental Parlors and Eden Musee. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Anacostia: 1919

Anacostia: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Anacostia houses." Bonus points if you can Street View this. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Crossing Guard: 1941

The Crossing Guard: 1941

October 1941. "Railway crossing in Chatham, New York." Look Both Ways, Watch Out for the Cars, etc. Medium-format negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Indy Pano: 1907

Indy Pano: 1907

Circa 1907. "Indianapolis, Indiana." One of the many points of interest here is the cryptic sign "FIND THE WHEN." Other landmarks include ... well you tell me. Ginormous panorama made from four 8x10 glass plates. View full size.

 
 
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