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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TRAVEL TO NIMES, FRANCE: 1926

Mirror, Mirror: 1942

Mirror, Mirror: 1942

February 1942. "Detroit, Michigan. Negro girl putting up her hair." One in a series by Arthur Siegel documenting the life of a "typical Negro worker's family" and the "conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project." Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Typhoid Medic: 1917

Typhoid Medic: 1917

Washington, D.C., 1917. "U.S. Army medical school -- typhoid vaccine." Science marches on. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mountain View: 1957

Mountain View: 1957

Circa 1957 somewhere in Pennsylvania, another selection from the Kodachrome slides I found on eBay last summer. Who can identify this cozy, colorful, vaguely Alpine tourist attraction? "Wayside Shrine" to the right. View full size.

 

The Birthday Party: 1957

The Birthday Party: 1957

September 1957 somewhere in Pennsylvania. Our young man's second second birthday party, the first one seen here last summer. From a batch of 35mm Kodachromes I found on eBay. Who wants ice cream? View full size.

Unangst Block: 1942

Unangst Block: 1942

August 1942. "Street in Dillon, Montana, trading center for a prosperous cattle and sheep country." Evidently a parched and thirsty territory, slaked by what we'll christen the Unangst Block. Nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Drink Gluek: 1940

Drink Gluek: 1940

October 1940. "Beer signs on truck. Little Falls, Minnesota." Gluek's and Grain Belt on tap. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Hyphen House: 1939

Hyphen House: 1939

1939. "Williams-Reid-Macon House (Dr. Gideon Hunt Macon), Airlie vicinity, Halifax County, North Carolina." Seen earlier here from a different vantage. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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