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

Small Steaks: 1912

Small Steaks: 1912

Detroit circa 1912. "Dime Savings Bank, Woodward & Willis branch." As is often the case with these glass plates, a supporting player steals the scene: Jordan's Cafeteria, where the Small Steak is 20 cents. The friendly loan officers next door can help with that. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

American Injector: 1910

American Injector: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Michigan Central Railroad tunnel." Other points of interest include the manufactory of American Injector (maker of U.S. Injectors and World Injectors), a large sign proclaiming ROYAL SALAD DRESSING, a number of men working on the railroad, and a fellow reading a newspaper. View full size.

 

Main Street USA: 1963

Main Street USA: 1963

The other day, Shorpy posted this photo of Saratoga Springs, which Dave described as "looking more than a little like one of those idealized Disney 'Main Streets'." One perspicacious commenter pointed out that Disney's relationship to the historic period portrayed in his Main Street (approx. 50 years past), would be like ours to the 1950s and 60s. So here you have it: Main Street in Disneyland, August 1963, roughly at the mid-point between the then-then and now. That's my brother in the gray shirt and Hush Puppies caught in mid-stride. I was just turning 17 when I shot this on Montgomery Ward's house-brand 35mm color slide film. View full size.

Hotel Marion: 1908

Hotel Marion: 1908

Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1908. "Hotel Marion." Demolished in 1980. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mother's Little Helper: 1942

Mother's Little Helper: 1942

January 1942. "Bantam, Connecticut. Defense homes. Little Ann Heath is eager to try out all the facilities of her parents' new four-room defense housing unit, after spending most of her life in a single furnished room. Here she pushes her footstool to the sink in order to help her mother clean up the dinner dishes. Mrs. Heath, a native of Winsted, a city some 25 miles away, is delighted with her new kitchen -- the first she's ever had which she actually considers as a kitchen, and is trying out all the recipes she has collected in five years of married life. The Heaths pay $30 monthly for their apartment." Medium format nitrate negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Rice Creek: 1890s

Rice Creek: 1890s

Putnam County, Florida, circa 1890s. "Rice Creek near Brown's Landing." A tributary of the St. Johns River near Palatka. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Curb Service: 1937

Curb Service: 1937

November 1937. "Curb service -- Newport News, Virginia." Two cheeseburgers and one mouse sandwich, coming right up. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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