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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SEVILLE SPRING FESTIVAL, 1929

Shove It: 1942

Shove It: 1942

March 1942. Virginia Beach, Va. "Fort Story coast defense. A tough job for soldiers is shoving the breech block of the giant howitzer into place. The screw threads help the block to withstand millions of foot-pounds of pressure caused by the exploding charge." Photo by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

South Park: 1945

South Park: 1945

Sept. 25, 1945. "Pine Ford Acres Community Building, Middletown, Pennsylvania. Detail III. Louis I. Kahn, architect." Part of a 450-unit residential development built on 51 acres for the Federal Works Agency and Federal Public Housing Authority. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Snowbirds: 1900

Snowbirds: 1900

Circa 1900. "Ostrich farm -- Hot Springs, Arkansas." Careful, these birds are "dangereous." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Xmas Alfresco: 1921

Xmas Alfresco: 1921

December 1921. "Christmas tree -- Dr. Julio Bianchi, Guatemalan minister in Washington during the Herrera regime." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Night Service: 1942

Night Service: 1942

Circa 1942, in the vicinity of Washington, D.C.: "Conservation of fuel oil." When the tradesman takes that pencil from behind his ear and uses it as a pointer, you know he's telling you something important. No photographer credit but we will guess Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Holiday Punch: 1954

Holiday Punch: 1954

        "Come into the kitchen and I'll make you a smoothie."

October 1954. "Actress Judy Holliday posed with a large 'vegetable man' designed by Federico Pallavicini." Kodachrome by Milton H. Greene for the Look magazine assignment "Holiday Punch -- Judy Holliday." View full size.

 

Home Entertainment: 1925

Home Entertainment: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Family group listening to radio." A baseball game, maybe. The original caption label for this one has been lost. View full size.

 

Corpus Christi: 1943

Corpus Christi: 1943

June 1943. "Corpus Christi, Texas." The Ascension. Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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