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

Elm Avenue: 1921

Elm Avenue: 1921

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1921. "9 to 11 Elm Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Great Race: 1915

The Great Race: 1915

May 1915. "York, Pa., auto races -- start of Washington, D.C., cars." Please ignore the mold. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Bathing Office: 1905

The Bathing Office: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "The casino at Asbury Park." Prior to any attempts at sunning or swimming, please check in at the "Bathing Office." View full size.

 

Bien Venido: 1897

Bien Venido: 1897

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1890s. "The Alcazar and Cordova from the Ponce de Leon." Three of Henry Flagler's landmark Florida hotels, with a welcome spelled out in Edison lights. 8x10 negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Porch Light: 1964

Porch Light: 1964

Leatherwood, Kentucky, 1964. "Cornett boys sitting on porch lighting cigarette." From a series of photos made in 1964 and 1972 by William Gedney documenting the lives of Willie and Vivian Cornett, their 12 children and grandchildren. Gedney Photographs Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Too Much Fun: 1905

Too Much Fun: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Dreamland Park at Coney Island." Among the amusements to be sampled: An observation tower, the Bostock trained animal show, a Baltimore Fire cyclorama, the General Bumps ride, a miniature railway, Will Conklin's Illusions, the Temple of Mirth and Hooligan's Dream. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Century Road Club: 1913

Century Road Club: 1913

May 3, 1913. "Fred J. Scherer and Walter Wiley at the start of New York to San Francisco bicycle race." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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