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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • LONDON UNDERGROUND, 1913

Cityscape: 1917

Cityscape: 1917

Detroit circa 1917. "Looking northwest from roof of interurban station." Landmarks here include the Hotel Pontchartrain, Ford Building and Dime Savings Bank. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Oyster Express: 1913

Oyster Express: 1913

February 1913. Bluffton, South Carolina. "Varn & Platt Canning Co. 10-year-old Jimmie. Been shucking 3 years. 6 pots a day, and a 11-year-old boy who shucks 7 pots. Also several members of an interesting family named Sherrica. Seven of them are in this factory. The father, mother, four girls shuck and pack. Older brother steams. 10 year old boy goes to school. Been in the oyster business 5 years. Father worked for 25 years in the Pennsylvania Coal Mine, and the oldest brother there. They said they liked the oysters business better because the family makes more." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Chicken and I: 1921

The Chicken and I: 1921

October 10, 1921. Charleston (vicinity), West Virginia. "Alice Curtis and some of her poultry." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

A Happy Family: 1902

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A Happy Family: 1902

Circa 1902, location not specified. "A happy family." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ocean Spray: 1910

Ocean Spray: 1910

The Jersey Shore circa 1910. "Atlantic City bathers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Overturned: 1921

Overturned: 1921

1921. "Washington Rapid Transit Co. wreck." More vehicular mayhem in the nation's capital. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Brownley Confectionery: 1924

Brownley Confectionery: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Brownley interior." Our second peek inside the Brownley Confectionery on G Street. On the table: more "Sport Fudge." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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