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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SEVILLE SPRING FESTIVAL, 1929

Hurricane Slams D.C.: 1933

Hurricane Slams D.C.: 1933

Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Flooding." Aftermath of the "Chesapeake-Potomac" hurricane of August 1933, which led to the train wreck seen here a few days ago. Who can locate this water-logged crossroads, with "Goode Shoppe" hot dogs going for a nickel? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Wrapped in the Flag: 1917

Wrapped in the Flag: 1917

New York, 1917. The American soprano Marcia Van Dresser, who participated in War Bond and patriotic programs at the Metropolitan Opera. And on that high note, Shorpy wishes you a Happy Fourth of July! View full size.

 

Family Tree: 1904

Family Tree: 1904

1904. "Under the great oak, Manhanset, Shelter Island, N.Y." The same gent seen earlier perched on the railing, possibly William Henry Jackson with his grandchildren. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Island Rockers: 1904

Island Rockers: 1904

Circa 1904. "North veranda, Manhanset House, Shelter Island, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Capital Transit: 1935

Capital Transit: 1935

October 1935. Washington, D.C. "Capital Transit buses, F and 13th sts. NW." Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street. 4x5 glassneg. View full size.

 

Walk Like a Polynesian: 1920

Walk Like a Polynesian: 1920

Lasses in grasses circa 1920s. "Nelson District, New Zealand. Row of young women (music hall dancers?) in costume, standing barefoot in dance pose, wearing headbands, long strings of beads, Hawaiian hula style grass skirts and anklets." Glass negative by Frederick Nelson Jones. View full size.

 

Leadville Castle: 1941

Leadville Castle: 1941

September 1941. "House in old mining town. Leadville, Colorado." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Rail Disaster: 1933

Rail Disaster: 1933

GRAVE OF MUD

        WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 1933 -- While thousands worked to overcome the havoc wreaked by the storm in the Capital, 300 trainmen struggled with the wreck of the Crescent Limited. The crack extra-fare express was hurtled yesterday from the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad when flood waters undermined the central abutment of the bridge over the Eastern Branch [Anacostia River], just inside the District. All day and all night the crews of railroad men worked, first with acetylene torches to clear debris from the approaches to the bridge, and then with three cranes to lift aside the wrecked cars. Late in the evening a derrick lifting the crushed engine from a grave of mud uncovered the body of the engineer, Arthur H. Bryde, of Washington. The body of J.H. Faye, the fireman, of Havre de Grace, was recovered earlier in the day. It had been ground into the mud of the embankment by a coach.

August 1933. Washington, D.C. "Crescent Limited train wreck." Another look at this wreck. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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