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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

Lemon, Center: 1921

Lemon, Center: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Lemon, center of Central, 1921." Jimmy Lemon of Central High. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Curves Ahead: 1905

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Curves Ahead: 1905

Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, circa 1905. "Roller coaster at Paragon Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Magic Kingdom: 1905

Magic Kingdom: 1905

Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, circa 1905. "Bird's eye view of Paragon Park from Rockland House." Note the Schlitz sign as well as the "Katzenjammer Castle." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Paragon Park: 1905

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Paragon Park: 1905

Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, circa 1905. "Entrance to Paragon Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Down to the River: 1910

Down to the River: 1910

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "Approach to the Detroit River tunnel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mercantile Library: 1910

Mercantile Library: 1910

Cincinnati circa 1910. "Mercantile Library Building, Walnut Street." Note plants and bottle on the sills of Dr. Ellen M. Kirk. A year ago we saw the other end of this block here. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Infrastructure: 1910

Infrastructure: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Excavating for the new Union Station." A century later, the mammoth Michigan Central Station that eventually rose here still stands, if just barely. Note the two "moonlight tower" carbon arc lamp standards in the distance. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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