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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • FOR LIBERTY'S SAKE, 1917

The Steno Pool: 1903

The Steno Pool: 1903

"Stenographers' room, Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Co., Detroit." It's always helpful to have a calendar in the room when dating a photo, and here we've hit the jackpot. In fact the main focus of this room seems to be calendars, with paperweights a strong second. These ladies ran a tight ship, with little doubt as to what year it was or whether that crucial report might go sailing out the window. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Air Travel: 1902

Air Travel: 1902

Iowa circa 1902. "Chicago & North Western Railway -- steel viaduct over Des Moines River." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Play Me: 1921

Play Me: 1921

New York circa 1921. A lady and her phonograph. The name looks like Farnum or Farmer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Ready to Row: 1914

Ready to Row: 1914

June 1914. Poughkeepsie, New York. "Wisconsin freshmen on Hudson River." More rowers from the heyday of the Poughkeepsie Regatta. View full size.

 

Pamphlet Warehouse: 1912

Pamphlet Warehouse: 1912

Washington, D.C., 1912. "Government Printing Office -- views." Our second installment in this exciting series. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Government Printing Office: 1912

Government Printing Office: 1912

Washington, D.C., 1912. "Government Printing Office -- views." The G.P.O. a century ago. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hopper Employment Agency: 1920

Hopper Employment Agency: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "National Personnel Service Bureau." Our second peek into the bureau's office, a scene that reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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