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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Shirt Week: 1926

Shirt Week: 1926

November 1926. Washington, D.C. "Raleigh Haberdasher window, 1310 F Street." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Your Tire Man: 1919

Your Tire Man: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Times property, Vermont Avenue and L Street." The store of tire dealer Lawton G. Herriman, vacated for spiffier quarters nearby. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Come Play With Us: 1925

Come Play With Us: 1925

Arlington, Virginia, circa 1925. "Happy Walker Orchestra." On certain moonless nights, the old porters say, you can still hear them going at it. View full size.

 

Looking Back: 1948

Looking Back: 1948

My grandmother at my parents' wedding in February 1948. I can't help but look into her eyes and think of what she had seen in her lifetime: Came to California from Ohio on a covered wagon with her family in 1888, survived the San Francisco Earthquake with her newborn son who would be killed less than 1 year later in a stagecoach accident, lost another child who was a twin, and my grandfather had died and left them broke 4 years before this picture was taken. Yet all I have ever heard from every relative was what a strong, warm, loving woman she was. This is one of many slides recently found at my brother's house. The box is chock-full o' late 40s and early 50s goodness. View full size.

Niagara Mills: 1906

Niagara Mills: 1906

Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1906. "Mills along the gorge." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Capitol Towel: 1928

Capitol Towel: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Cap Towel Service truck." Linens for milady. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Simulcast: 1922

Simulcast: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "McHugh & Lawson." The name of a music store selling pianos, radio sets, phonographs and, it seems, light fixtures. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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