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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Chic Boutique: 1944

Chic Boutique: 1944

September 24, 1944. "Jay Thorpe Inc., West 57th Street, New York City. General view to entrance from rear." A retail fairyland of fire sprinklers and cove lights. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Here's Looking at Me: 1918

Here's Looking at Me: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "H&E photographer." A conceptual selfie made out of two glass negatives from the Harris & Ewing studio. View full size.

 

Radio Daze: 1921

Radio Daze: 1921

Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, last seen here. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Iron Dragon: 1943

Iron Dragon: 1943

March 1943. "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chicago and Chillicothe, Illinois." Another of the many photos by Jack Delano documenting his trip on a freight train from Chicago to California. View full size.

 

On-Ramp: 1963

On-Ramp: 1963

The southbound on-ramp to U.S. 101 in Corte Madera, California, in a Kodachrome slide I shot through the back window of our 1956 Rambler station wagon in January 1963. Corte Madera is the "twin city" of my home town, Idyllic™ Larkspur. Rising up in the distance is Marin County's iconic symbol, Mount Tamalpais. Closer and to the left, Corte Madera's "Christmas Tree Hill" is so-named from the practice, in days of yore, of homeowners banding together to illuminate their houses to produce an outline of a Christmas tree when viewed from the distance. To the right, Larkspur's Little and Big King Mountains. Yes, we call hills "mountains" in Marin County. Fortunately, they're protected from development by open-space regulations, and Mt. Tam by state park and Marin Municipal Water District ownership. View full size.

On the Ground: 1905

On the Ground: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Unidentified group having a picnic outside tent in backyard of house, probably Christchurch district." Are New Zealanders the most picnicking people on the planet? Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Titans of Industry: 1908

Titans of Industry: 1908

Circa 1908. "Hulett machine unloading ore at Buffalo, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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