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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Hoosac Tunnel: 1907

Hoosac Tunnel: 1907

Circa 1907. "West portal, Hoosac Tunnel, North Adams, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

This Is the City: 1961

This Is the City: 1961

This is the city: Los Angeles, California. It was a warm August evening in city; we were working the tourist detail and wound up heading toward City Hall. The car is a '59 Rambler, the driver my brother-in-law Frank. My name's tterrace; I'm a kid.

I'd flown in on a turbo-prop job from San Francisco. It was my first flight and my first trip anywhere by myself. I'd just turned 15. I would have gotten there sooner, but a couple weeks earlier my father had gotten me almost all the way to SFO when I found I didn't have my plane ticket, so we had to turn back. Nobody was happy about that.

My Kodak Brownie Starmite was loaded with Ektachrome when I snapped this shot on some street somewhere or other; some local might be able to fill in the blanks on that one. Later, we hit the usual places: Chinatown, Olvera Street, Union Station. Disneyland would be for another day. With any luck, I wouldn't die of excitement before then. View full size.

The Old Stone House: 1865

The Old Stone House: 1865

      The Ege family dwelling, which had tangential connections to General Lafayette, George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe.

April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. "The Old Stone House -- so-called 'Washington's headquarters,' 1916 East Main Street." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Bedcast: 1922

Bedcast: 1922

March 31, 1922. "H.G. Corcoran of Washington, D.C., needs an aerial for his radio outfit. His receiving wire is connected to the wire springs of his bed, which take the place of an aerial." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Curb Work: 1920

Curb Work: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Curb work -- car stop on 14th Street N.W." Streetcar infrastructure. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Powers That Be: 1908

The Powers That Be: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Trinity churchyard and skyscrapers." God and Mammon in Manhattan. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

WWWWW: 1962

WWWWW: 1962

Wellington, New Zealand. "Worser Bay Surf Life Saving Club, team of 1962, with Cook Strait trophy." Seated: Barrie Davenport, first person to swim Cook Strait. Large format negative by by Crown Studios, Wellington. View full size.

 
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