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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • 1940 PACKARD SUPER-8

Hidden Washington: 1923

Hidden Washington: 1923

"Produce wagon in city, 1923." One in a series of Harris & Ewing plates showing the alleys and backstreets of Washington, D.C. The subject here is a Chaconas grocery wagon. Who can identify the dome? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Shack Chefs: 1936

Shack Chefs: 1936

Winter 1936-37. "Scott's Run, West Virginia. Typical scene of activity at the Shack Community Center. These boys represent a group who made up a gang that came to the Shack to interfere with its activities; in the end they joined a Chefs group and are here shown at work." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Hall of Dolls: 1952

Hall of Dolls: 1952

April 28, 1952. "Walter R. Dolan Junior High School, Toms Road, Stamford, Connecticut. Entrance foyer." Continuing today's girls-and-dolls theme. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Keg Run: 1943

Keg Run: 1943

March 1943. "Beer truck on 44th 39th Street and Sixth Avenue." Just turn right at the Sandwich Shanty. Another truck shot by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Piano Prodigy: 1922

Piano Prodigy: 1922

November 1922. New York. "Evelione Taglione, 16-year-old pianist." As pictured, maybe a little closer to playing the violin. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Pier Group: 1904

Pier Group: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Manhasset. Bathing at Manhanset House, Shelter Island." Poised boys and a girl. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Afterparty: 1953

Afterparty: 1953

"Tedfords' party." Let's get a jump start on the weekend with this circa 1953 outtake from the "Linda" Kodachromes and its inventory of mid-century kitchen gear, starring what used to be called an "electric sink." View full size.

 
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