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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Smoking a Log: 1935

Smoking a Log: 1935

April 1935. "Boys smoking log. Reedsville, West Virginia." Back before transistors or whatever made these portable. 4x5 nitrate negative by Elmer Johnson for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Oakland Rider: 1920

Oakland Rider: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Oakland touring car at Golden Gate Park." Latest entrant in the Shorpy Parade of Prehistoric Phaetons. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

A Fresh Batch: 1955

A Fresh Batch: 1955

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955, and our second visit with the Fabulous Baker Sisters. For Boomers of a certain age, this kitchen will likely spark a bonfire of memories. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

Office Xmas Party: 1925

Office Xmas Party: 1925

        It's the Friday before Christmas, which means it's time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Xmas Party! Which has been going on for 90 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting? Is there gin in that oilcan? Ask the bear.

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Western Electric Co. group." There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Slinky Turtle: 1968

Slinky Turtle: 1968

My sister Christine, probably Christmas 1968. Which was my own first Christmas, as this was the year I was born. 35mm slide. View full size.

Low Tide: 1961

Low Tide: 1961

"Acapulco, 1961." Our third and final visit with the cast of this short-lived NBC detective series starring James Coburn and Ralph Taeger. 4x5 negative from the Shorpy Publicity Department archive. View full size.

 

Cottage City: 1900

Cottage City: 1900

Massachusetts circa 1900. "Bathers at Cottage City, Martha's Vineyard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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