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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Georgia in Maine: 1904

Georgia in Maine: 1904

October 1904. Bath, Maine. "Bath Iron Works. Launch of battleship Georgia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mansion House Staff: 1900

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Mansion House Staff: 1900

Poland Spring, Maine, circa 1900. "At the Mansion House -- hotel staff." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Grand Hotels: 1908

Grand Hotels: 1908

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908. "Shelburne, Dennis and Marlborough-Blenheim hotels." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

My Home Town: 1957

My Home Town: 1957

I was 11 when my brother took this Anscochrome slide of Larkspur, California, where I grew up. Around then I might have gone to the twin-towered City Hall at left, either to the Library to satisfy my curiosity about freeways, dinosaurs, coins or, believe it or not, peruse collections of New Yorker cartoons, or to the city offices to bug the clerks for copies of city forms I could adapt for the make-believe city I incorporated our yard into. Alongside is the fire house, where I might take pictures of the trucks. Across the street is St. Patrick's church, where I'd fidget during Mass every Sunday. Our house was a block away, hidden by the trees. Farther along, the steep-gabled building is the old St. Patrick's, where once a week fellow Catholic kids and I on religious instruction release from our public grade school would attend Catechism classes where stern nuns would attempt to drill dogma into our little souls. Below the church, the Ford woody is in the parking lot behind the Rainbow Market (red roof at left), where earlier my father worked for a few years. Down center, the small roof with the flag pole is the then-new Larkspur Post Office building. And then, a 1956 Pontiac. View full size.

F.A.B.: 1910

F.A.B.: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Fifth Avenue Building at Broadway on Madison Square." Along with its celebrated sidewalk clock, the building now anchors the International Toy Center. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Dynamo Room: 1904

Dynamo Room: 1904

Circa 1904. "Dynamo room with switchboard." Seen earlier here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Corner Store: 1937

Corner Store: 1937

May 1, 1937, New York. Grocery at 1028 Third Avenue and 61st Street with Salvatore Campanelli far right. John J. Campanelli Collection. View full size.

 
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