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Abe Cohen: 1922

Abe Cohen: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Abe Cohen." Probably not Abe himself, but you never know. This is just the kind of malevolent-looking contraption that keeps Stephen King in business. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Doll Hospital: 1928

Doll Hospital: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium, children." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Disneyland: The Dark Side (1963)

Disneyland: The Dark Side (1963)

In my last two shots, we saw the bright, sunny, carefree, Happiest Place on Earth Disneyland. Who knew there was also the dark, horrific, bloodcurdling Disneyland? Well, not tterrace. Skull Rock Lagoon was perfectly designed to stimulate the "Wow, cool!" gland in the 17-year-old me. (Translation for today's ears: "Awesome!") Added in 1961 to provide a new backdrop for Captain Hook's splendiferous Pirate Ship (which housed the Chicken of the Sea Restaurant), Skull Rock was particularly creepy-cool at night, when I took this time-exposure Ektachrome in 1963. Alas, the ship, lagoon and Skull Rock were all removed and in 1983 the Dumbo Flying Elephant ride took the spot. View full size.

Trick or Treat: 1937

Trick or Treat: 1937

1937. Rowan County, N.C. "Maxwell Chambers house, Spencer vicinity. Structure dates to ca. 1800-1810." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Gorey Manor: 1939

Gorey Manor: 1939

1939. "Driveway looking away from William A. Dawson House, Mobile, Alabama. Spring Hill vicinity. Structure dates to 1840." Channeling the art of Edward Gorey. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

West End Trust: 1900

West End Trust: 1900

Philadelphia circa 1900. "West End Trust Co. building." This could be the corporate headquarters of Harry Potter Inc. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Music Man: 1940

The Music Man: 1940

December 1940. Radford, Virginia. "Mrs. Jones's boardinghouse. Six men live in this room. Three beds, pay 8 to 10 dollars a week rent. Most have families they left behind in Bluefield, West Virginia; Bristol, Tennessee; or High Point, North Carolina. They are carpenters, carpenters' assistants, riggers and laborers. They make 60 cents to $1.25 per hour." Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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