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

Catalina Island: 1965

Catalina Island: 1965

My sister and me, riding away on rental bikes on California's Catalina Island in June 1965. Kodachrome slide by Dad. View full size.

Cruel Shoes: 1918

Cruel Shoes: 1918

San Francisco. 1918. "Buick at Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park." Domina­trix footwear on the left. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

Hello, Helen: 1955

Hello, Helen: 1955

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955. "Helen Smothers" is all it says here. The World of Helen is tidy, organized and monogrammed. 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

Fire Chief: 1942

Fire Chief: 1942

May 1942. Southington, Conn. "Thomas J. Murphy, chief of the fire department, and its only salaried member, chatting with one of the volunteers." Medium format negative by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Gift Cycle: 1953

The Gift Cycle: 1953

From Columbus, Georgia, comes this circa 1953 image of what seems to be a Christmas party at a laundry. Be of good CHEER, and a happy yule TIDE to ALL! 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Shooting the Chutes: 1905

Shooting the Chutes: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Dreamland Park -- Shooting the Chutes, Coney Island." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Neighborhood Watch: 1942

Neighborhood Watch: 1942

May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. "A street scene." Medium format negative by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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