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The New P.O.: 1900

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The New P.O.: 1900

Washington, D.C., circa 1900. "U.S. Post Office, Pennsylvania Avenue." The Old Post Office back when it was new. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Smith, Maxim, Vixen: 1900

Smith, Maxim, Vixen: 1900

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Vixen, Maxim machine gun and gunner Smith, who fired 400 consecutive shots at Battle of Santiago de Cuba, July 3, 1898." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Havana: 1904

Havana: 1904

Havana, Cuba, circa 1904. "Muelle Tallapiedras (Tallapiedra wharf)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Time to Fly: 1943

Time to Fly: 1943

1943. "South America. U.S. Army Air Transport Command pilot being awakened to receive orders." No rest for the weary, including Lt. Sidney Tannenbaum. 4x5 acetate negative by David Eisendrath, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Dreamland: 1905

Dreamland: 1905

Coney Island, New York, circa 1905. "Dreamland Ballroom." The home of light music. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Hudson, Peerless, Pope: 1910

Hudson, Peerless, Pope: 1910

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "Brady -- Gas Company. Auto showroom." Star billing goes to the gas light fixtures above a Hudson center stage at the showroom of J.H. Brady, dealer in Hudson, Peerless and Pope-Hartford automobiles. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Office, Part II: 1902

The Office, Part II: 1902

Detroit, Michigan, 1902. "Richmond & Backus Co. office." The other end of the room seen here, with a different cast of characters, and a cleaner desk. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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