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Government Printing Office: 1912

Government Printing Office: 1912

Washington, D.C., 1912. "Government Printing Office -- views." The G.P.O. a century ago. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hopper Employment Agency: 1920

Hopper Employment Agency: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "National Personnel Service Bureau." Our second peek into the bureau's office, a scene that reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Steeplechase for Fun: 1904

Steeplechase for Fun: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Surf Avenue, Coney Island." Points of interest: The "Great Musical & Scenic Railway" roller coaster ("Day & Night in the Alps"), an observation tower advertising Steeplechase Park and, at left, the "Mont Pelee" and "Galveston Flood" cycloramas commemorating the catastrophic volcanic eruption and hurricane. Bonus attraction: much Moxie signage. View full size.

 

The Clarendon: 1905

The Clarendon: 1905

Daytona Beach circa 1905. "The Clarendon Hotel -- Seabreeze, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Vendue Range: 1865

Vendue Range: 1865

"1865. Charleston, South Carolina. Vendue Range looking east from near the corner of East Bay Street." Aftermath of the Great Fire of 1861 and bombardment by the Federal Navy. Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Tea Roses: 1921

Tea Roses: 1921

New York. May 21, 1921. "Kopernak in kimono." The Russian-born stage actress Galina Kopernak about to pour. Bain News Service glass neg. View full size.

 

Cornell Crew: 1914

Cornell Crew: 1914

June 1914. Poughkeepsie, New York. "Cornell 2nd Varsity." Let's all pull together, men! College rowers on the Hudson in the heyday of the Poughkeepsie Regatta. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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