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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Aircraft X: 1920s

Aircraft X: 1920s

UPDATE: The photo is from July 1922. The original caption:

"Army dirigible C-2 at Bolling Field." More here.

Washington, D.C., or vicinity in what looks to be the 1920s. Who can put a name to this unidentified flying object? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

War News: 1942

War News: 1942

April 1942. An unknown diner reading World War 2 headlines from the Detroit News in a downtown Detroit cafe. Photo taken by my grandfather, Howard McGraw, of the Detroit News. Scanned from a 4x5 negative. View full size.

Feeding Time: 1943

Feeding Time: 1943

Yes, Billy was lost. But he was also plump and juicy!

May 1943. "Washington, D.C. A sign at the National Zoological Park." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Old French Market: 1890s

Old French Market: 1890s

Circa 1890s. "The old French Market, New Orleans." Points of interest include many horsecars and an arc lamp on a boom. Ship Chandler's Grocer wagon and Deutsche Grocery at left. Photo by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Red Fox: 1915

Red Fox: 1915

Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On Dec. 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. (Library of Congress)

1915. "Indians, American. Red Fox James at White House." With the State, War and Navy building as backdrop. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Informal Entertaining: 1953

Informal Entertaining: 1953

"Tedfords' party." In this latest installment of the the Linda Kodachromes, we reconnect with some of the beautiful people last seen here, making short work of that mid-century phenomenon known as the buffet supper, where servantless living meant tableless dining. 35mm color transparency. View full size.

Time Is Short: 1942

Time Is Short: 1942

"Greenbelt, Maryland. Federal housing project. Volunteer workers put out the Cooperator, a weekly newspaper." Another of the hundreds of exposures snapped in 1942 by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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