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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Kitty Hawk: 1914

Kitty Hawk: 1914

Circa 1914. "Cat in costume piloting toy airplane." Photo by Harry W. Frees, the Ansel Adams of feline kitsch. Or would that be catsch? View full size.

 

Danger Lurks: 1908

Danger Lurks: 1908

Cos Cob, Connecticut, circa 1908. "Owanoke Prospector's Camp -- Wyndygoul." Camping on the estate of writer-naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Points of interest in this 8x10 glass plate: many trees camouflaging one ambush. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Music House: 1906

Music House: 1906

Circa 1906. "YMCA Building, Springfield, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

I Have a Dream: 1963

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I Have a Dream: 1963

      Fifty years ago today in Washington on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous address under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln, signer of the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years earlier.

August 28, 1963. "Emancipator looking down on demonstrators. Participants in the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial and massed along both sides of the Reflecting Pool, viewed from behind Abraham Lincoln statue." Photo by James K. Atherton for United Press International. View full size.

Farmers Co-op: 1917

Farmers Co-op: 1917

Circa 1917. "Motor cars in New Zealand Farmers Co-Op Garage." Glass plate by Samuel Heath Head, Christchurch. View full size.

 

Winning Rubber: 1920

Winning Rubber: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Victory Tire Co., 14th Street N.W." Guaranteed 6,000 miles! National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Gridlock: 1941

Gridlock: 1941

May 1941. "In the convict camp in Greene County, Georgia." A show of hands. Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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