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Vintage photos of:
Ford meets lamppost in West Los Angeles on San Vicente Boulevard in the 1950s. Obviously a hard-hat area. View full size.
1932. "Shirley, Charles City County, Virginia. House dates from circa 1650. In 1660 granted to Col. Edward Hill, member of the House of Burgesses. In 1723 thru marriage of the eldest daughter to John Carter, it passed to Carter where it still is." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.
July 7, 1865. "Washington, D.C. Hanging hooded bodies of the four conspirators; crowd departing." Lincoln assassination conspirators Mary Surratt, Lewis Payne, David Herold and George Atzerodt shortly after their execution at Fort McNair. Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.
The man who looks like he's ready to hunt a giant shark is Bob Beach. Behind him is Bob's son, Rob, and next to Rob is his grandma. Taken on Crest Drive in Cardiff, California, June 1960. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size