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Well, hot summer weather has finally come to this part of Northern California, so it's time to haul out the lawn sprinkler and the kid and let 'er rip. Here in 1950 in our back yard in Idyllic Larkspur™, my sister is handling the camera and I'm handling the comedy. View full size.
July 1935. "Outside water supply, Washington, D.C. Only source of water supply winter and summer for many houses in slum areas. In some places drainage is so poor that surplus water backs up in huge puddles." These municipal water taps (or pumps -- they have crank handles) appear in several photos from this series. I wonder if any survive. 35mm negative by Carl Mydans. View full size.
July 1935. "Kitchen of an apartment available for rent in the District of Columbia." One of hundreds of photographs taken by Carl Mydans to document housing conditions in the poorer sections of Washington, D.C., during the Depression. 35mm nitrate negative for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
College and high-school football a century ago, when the helmets were leather and sportsmanship was the name of the game. For maximum impact, use Full-Screen mode at 1080p resolution (click "Play," select 1080p, then click the icon).