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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WHEN WE'RE WRONG, LET'S SAY SO: 1929

Come In for a Taste

Come In for a Taste

New York circa 1948. "Window display of imported and domestic cheeses." Everything looks so ... gouda. 4x5 negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Odd Man Out: 1942

Odd Man Out: 1942

March 13, 1942. "Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Lounge, to window. Voorhees, Walker, Foley & Smith, architects." You can call me ... lonely! Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Expect Great Things: 1923

Expect Great Things: 1923

Dec. 27, 1923. "Don Lee Cadillac agency, corner Van Ness & O'Farrell." And a Model V-63 Phaeton, approximating closed-car comfort with a variation on the "California top." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Cadillac Caliphs: 1932

Cadillac Caliphs: 1932

    Don Lee handing over the keys to a V-12 Cadillac touring car.

San Francisco, 1932. "Cadillac agency, NE corner Van Ness & O'Farrell." The monumental exterior of Don Lee Cadillac. Note the "ISLAM" fezzes of these Masonic potentates. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Hoop-De-Do: 1958

Hoop-De-Do: 1958

This is me in the summer of 1958 in Bedford Quebec, during that year's Hula Hoop craze. As you can see, Mom sure did dress me in a weird way -- buttoned-up collar, full cuffs and elastic band pants? Our cocker spaniel Cindy is in the background. View full size.

Drama Queen: 1909

Drama Queen: 1909

"Washington Dramatic Club -- About Thebes." One of the players in an Egyptian-themed charity benefit staged at the Belasco Theater in April 1909 for an audience including President and Mrs. Taft. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Infinite West: 1941

Infinite West: 1941

September 1941. "Buena Vista, Colorado (vicinity). The Sawatch mountains." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
 
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