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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • HALL OF SCIENCE, 1934 WORLD'S FAIR

Patriotic Pole Sitter: 1929

Patriotic Pole Sitter: 1929

UPDATE: The Library of Congress has given this photo a caption.

September 3, 1929. "Maryland youth breaks pole sitting record. William Ruppert, 14-year-old youth of Colgate, Maryland, as he appeared atop the flagpole in the yard of his home yesterday after breaking the pole sitting record of 23 days set by Shipwreck Kelly. Young Ruppert, who started his sitting on August 1, has worn out three pairs of trousers so far. He says he expects to stay up 30 days more. The pole is 18 feet high." Note the light bulb rigged to the seat. View full size.

 

Pet Project: 1920

Pet Project: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Harvey and William Peck and pets, E Street N.W." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wayne Camera: 1970s

Wayne Camera: 1970s

The Wayne Camera Center circa 1970s in the Preakness Shopping Center, Wayne, NJ. I believe that's the founder, Bill Orkulsky, who started the store in 1955. Not sure if the ladies present are his wife and daughter or just employees. Lots of future "collectibles" and "kitsch" for sale. View full size.

Young Family, Penniless: 1936

Young Family, Penniless: 1936

November 1936. "Young family, penniless, hitchhiking on U.S. Highway 99 in California. The father, 24, and the mother, 17, came from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Early in 1935 their baby was born in the Imperial Valley, California, where they were working as field laborers." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

On the Ground: 1942

On the Ground: 1942

May 1942. "Running up a barrage balloon. Scene at the U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp at Parris Island, South Carolina." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Free Parking: 1937

Free Parking: 1937

September 1937. "Drugstore in Washington, D.C." Marked down from 35¢: Vince, now just 29 cents. Medium-format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Most Perfect Moving Pictures: 1907

The Most Perfect Moving Pictures: 1907

Circa 1907. "Laconia, New Hampshire -- Main Street." A highlight here is the handbill advertising "the most perfect moving pictures" and "animated pantomimic dramas" at the Folsom Opera House. View full size.

 
 
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