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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

Crossings: 1908

Crossings: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Brooklyn Bridge." It seems like only 38,000 yesterdays. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bustling Baltimore: 1917

Bustling Baltimore: 1917

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1917. "Union Station showing Charles Street and Jones Falls." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Eats: 1975

Eats: 1975

Can it be that a mere 36 years ago it was still a world of neon signs, diners that offered "eats," public telephones and gigantic vinyl-roofed hardtops? It was on Water Street in Petaluma, California. Already those days were numbered. Beasley's, in the c.1850 Wickersham Building, had only 5 years to go before being replaced by a fancy Italian restaurant - at which I enjoyed many a zabaglione, it must be admitted. Water Street, formerly an access alley of tar, asphalt patches and plain old dirt, is now a cobbled promenade, though the now-unused railroad tracks are still there. The rest of the business district is populated by boutiques, wine shops, shabby-chic antique emporia, nail-, hair- and skin-care parlors and lots more upscale restaurants. Somehow it all makes me want to belly up to a counter for a burger and a shake. Car is a Ford LTD, film Kodacolor II, photographer me. View full size.

Fish in a Barrel: 1910

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Fish in a Barrel: 1910

Gloucester, Massachusetts, circa 1905. "Handling a cargo from the fishing banks." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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