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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Christmas Street: 1956

Christmas Street: 1956

        Location Update: West Main Street in Alhambra, California.

Another look at the street seen earlier here. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Rainy Day People: 1908

Rainy Day People: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Walker Block, Griswold and Fort Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Into the Sun: 1956

Into the Sun: 1956

        Location Update: We are on West Main Street in Alhambra.

A found Kodachrome slide of a Southern California street scene, possibly Alhambra or Pasadena, going by the address labels on other boxes in this collection. "1956" is written on the box cover. View full size.

Win: 1896

Win: 1896

Circa 1896. "Mercer, Washington baseball." George Barclay "Win" Mercer (1874-1903). Glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio. View full size.

MERCER'S TRAGIC END

Ball Player, 28, Takes Own Life in San Francisco.

        SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13 -- Winnie D. Mercer, a pitcher for the American baseball team, registered at the Occidental Hotel last evening and was found asphyxiated in his room to-day. Mercer was registered under the name of George Murray and gave his residence as Philadelphia. The watchman of the hotel in making his rounds detected the odor of gas coming from Mercer's room, and, failing to receive a response to his knocking, broke down the door. Clad in his night clothes and lying in the bed with his coat and vest covering his head, Mercer was found. From the gas jet in the center of the room was suspended a rubber tube, and the end of this Mercer had placed in his mouth, after turning the gas full on.

        Mercer's identity was established by papers found among his effects, one of which read: "Tell Mr. Van Horn, of the Langham Hotel, that Winnie Mercer has taken his life." He also left letters, one to his mother and another to a young lady of East Liverpool, Ohio, expressing regret over his deed and bidding them fond farewells. He left a statement of his financial accounts addressed to Tip O'Neill, and advised his friends to avoid games of chance and women.

-- Washington Post, January 14, 1903.

 

Warren Peace: 1921

Warren Peace: 1921

        During the week of July 21-27, 1921, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone camped at a site about six miles east of Hancock in Washington County, Maryland. During the weekend, President Warren G. Harding joined the “vagabonds” — the name the wealthy industrialists gave themselves when they camped together. The 200-acre farm where they made camp was located about one mile north of the National Turnpike along Licking Creek. Today, the campsite lies inside Camp Harding County Park. A plaque memorializes the gathering of these famous campers.

July 1921. "Warren Harding at Firestone camp." The president with industrialist Harvey Firestone and the inventor Thomas Edison (napping). Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Garden Spots: 1951

Garden Spots: 1951

"Sally in garden -- 18 Sept 1951." From Blue Earth, Minnesota, our latest Kodachrome by Grace or Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

 

The Chamber: 195x

The Chamber: 195x

From the Library of Congress archive comes this orphan image, circa 1953, with no caption or other identifying information. What could this young man who looks like one of Captain Video's ranger cadets be up to? View full size.

 
 
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