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Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Surgery." From a series of photos depicting pre- and postoperative procedures, as well as surgery itself, at an unnamed hospital. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
New York, October 1910. "Hudson River & Riverside Park; battleships of the Atlantic Fleet." Competing for our attention with a convoy of theater posters. Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.
New York circa 1908. "Astor House, Vesey Street and Broadway." The hotel, built by the financier John Jacob Astor in 1836, was home to presidents and potentates over its long history. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.
Utica, New York, circa 1910. "Genesee and Bleecker streets." Points of interest include the City Candy Kitchen, City National Bank, a streetcar control tower and the Commercial Travelers building seen in an earlier post. View full size.
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