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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

One Star Hotel: 1906

One Star Hotel: 1906

Columbus, Ohio, circa 1906. "Hotel Star." Free telegraph in every room! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Life-Savers: 1917

Life-Savers: 1917

The Jersey Shore circa 1917. "Life-saving lookout, Atlantic City, N.J." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Blast From the Past: 1918

A Blast From the Past: 1918

New York, June 1918. "Nasal Spray - Laboratory for eye, ear, etc. aboard hospital ship Comfort." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Sausalito: 1958

Sausalito: 1958

The yacht harbor in Sausalito, California, shot on Anscochrome circa 1958. I believe this is on Richardson Bay, with Belvedere Point in the background. There are some pretty interesting cars in in this shot, including the mysterious little European-looking thing on the far right. View full size.

The Floating Tunnel: 1910

The Floating Tunnel: 1910

The Detroit River circa 1910. "Sinking last tubular section, Michigan Central R.R. tunnel. W.S. Kinnear, Chief Engineer, Butler Bros. Construction Co., contractors." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dream Kitchen: 1936

Dream Kitchen: 1936

February 1936. "Kitchen in Westmoreland Homesteads. Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania." Westmoreland Homesteads, built by the federal government as part of the National Industrial Recovery Act during the Great Depression, was a model community that housed the families of laid-off coal miners. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Best Friends: 1938

Best Friends: 1938

November 1938. "Boy with dog. Omaha, Nebraska." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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