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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The Artsy Hearth: 1906

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The Artsy Hearth: 1906

Crawford Notch, New Hampshire, circa 1906. "Fireplace, Crawford House." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Crawford House: 1910

Crawford House: 1910

Boston, Mass., circa 1910. "Crawford House." Plus: Schlitz, big teapots and an early payphone. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Splashdown: 1904

Splashdown: 1904

Ecorse, Michigan. November 1904. "Steamer Detroit, Michigan Central Transfer. The launch." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Our Little Pony: 1938

Our Little Pony: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Native American boys with bicycle." The original caption for this photo, which has been lost, probably did not use the phrase "Native American." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Now Hear This: 1937

Now Hear This: 1937

June 9, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Congressional hog caller. The Capitol Plaza reverberated with sounds of the barnyard today as Rep. Robert L. Mouton of Louisiana went into serious training for his coming hog-calling contest with Rep. Otha D. Wearin of Iowa. The contest, which will take place on the Capitol steps sometime in the near future, is the result of an argument between the two solons as to the abilities of the hog-yodelers from the respective states. Judging from his demonstration today, the cameraman is willing right now to place the mantle of champion on Rep. Mouton." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

A Fast Crowd: 1919

A Fast Crowd: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Soap box derby." Using actual soap boxes! 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Homecoming: 1919

Homecoming: 1919

November 1919. Hoboken, New Jersey. "Dead soldiers from Russia. Funeral services for 103 slain fighting Bolsheviks." 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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