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Forest Brook: 1956

Forest Brook: 1956

November 8, 1956. "Forest Brook Elementary School, Hauppauge, Long Island. Classroom and teacher." For those of a certain demographic, this may strike a chord. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Gasolene Gospel: 1937

Gasolene Gospel: 1937

August 1937. "Gas station and gospel mission in Cleveland, Ohio." In addition to Koolmotor "Gasolene," a long-defunct Cities Service brand, we also seem to have at least a couple of the major food groups represented here, as well as two verses from the New Testament. Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Guitar Lesson: 1910

The Guitar Lesson: 1910

New York, 1910. "Elvira de Hildalgo." Our winsome Spanish soprano reprises her previous appearance, this time with instrumental accompaniment. Among her vocal pupils in later years was Maria Callas. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Cadillac Square: 1902

Cadillac Square: 1902

Detroit circa 1902. "Cadillac Square and Wayne County building." The rigging is for one of the "moonlight tower" arc lamps that provided nighttime illumination, an example of which can be seen behind the Rajah Coffee sign. View full size.

 

Auto Laundry: 1940

Auto Laundry: 1940

September 1940. Washington, D.C. "Service station on Connecticut Avenue." At the "Auto Laundry," where dark colors evidently get washed together. Medium format nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 

Funny Girl: 1949

Funny Girl: 1949

Circa 1949. Little Linda, noted for what some perceive as a taciturn demeanor, shows us what a laff riot she really is. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Bon Temps: 1900

Bon Temps: 1900

Feb. 27, 1900. "Mardi Gras procession on Canal Street, New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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