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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Mountain Retreat: 1905

Mountain Retreat: 1905

Washington County, Maryland, circa 1905. "Buena Vista Springs station at Pen-Mar." A Blue Ridge mountain resort, developed by the Western Maryland Railway, that took its name from the two neighboring states. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Between Bureaucracies: 1937

Between Bureaucracies: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "U.S. Labor Department and Interstate Commerce Commission Building. Passageway between ICC and Departmental Auditorium sections." 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Wave Riders: 1903

Wave Riders: 1903

Asbury Park, New Jersey, circa 1903. "Landing through the surf." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pain's Spectacle: 1905

Pain's Spectacle: 1905

Brooklyn circa 1905. "Oriental Hotel and bath house, Manhattan Beach, N.Y." At left, a sign pointing the way to the bicycle track as well as "Pain's Spectacle in Fireworks." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Great Creatore: 1903

The Great Creatore: 1903

Circa 1903. "Symphony Hall -- Boston, Mass." And yet another sign advertising The Great Creatore and his Italian Band. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Mechanics Hall: 1903

Mechanics Hall: 1903

1903. "Mechanics' Hall, Boston." Last seen here. Coming in October: The 2nd Triennial Merchants & Mechanics Exposition. Plus: The Great Creatore and his Italian Band. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

A Slice of Ice: 1906

A Slice of Ice: 1906

Woburn, Mass., circa 1906. "Ice harvesting on Horn Pond -- baring off the floats." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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