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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Hecht's: 1925

Hecht's: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "New Hecht store, 7th and F Streets N.W." Many spectral pedestrians on view here, evidenced by an army of disembodied legs. Added bonus: The STOP/GO traffic cop. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Cocoa Island: 1935

Cocoa Island: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Interior of D.G.S." The District Grocery Store at Seventh and E streets S.W. You'll come for the savings and stay for the sawdust! 8x10 acetate negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Traveling Light: 1936

Traveling Light: 1936

August 1936. "Example of self-resettlement in California. Oklahoma farm family on highway between Blythe and Indio. Forced by the drought of 1936 to abandon their farm, they set out with their children to drive to California. Picking cotton in Arizona for a day or two at a time gave them enough for food and gas to continue. On this day they were within a day's travel of their destination, Bakersfield. Their car had broken down en route and was abandoned." Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Congress Square: 1907

Congress Square: 1907

Circa 1907. "Portland, Maine -- Congress Square." The streetcar to Pleasantdale and Cash's Corner. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Dear Sirs: 1902

Dear Sirs: 1902

Circa 1902. "Richmond & Backus Co. office, Detroit." Our sixth glimpse behind the scenes at this printing, binding and office supply business. View full size.

 

Suicide Rations: 1945

Suicide Rations: 1945

March 1945. "Tuskegee Airmen series. 'Escape kits' (cyanide) being distributed to fighter pilots at air base in Ramitelli, Italy." Theodore G. Lumpkin Jr., seated, with (L-R): Joseph L. "Joe" Chineworth, Memphis, Class 44-E; Robert C. Robinson, Asheville, Class 44-G; Driskell B. Ponder, Chicago, 43-I; Robert W. Williams, Ottumwa, Iowa, 44-E. Gelatin silver print by Toni Frissell. View full size.

 

Call Me Maybe: 1921

Call Me Maybe: 1921

New York. October 26, 1921. Our second visit with the actress Peggy O'Neil. Can we talk? 5x7 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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