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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

Hotel Windsor: 1900

Hotel Windsor: 1900

The Jersey Shore circa 1900. "Hotel Windsor, Atlantic City." At left, the Traymore. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Buffalo: 1905

Buffalo: 1905

Buffalo, New York, circa 1905. "Looking up Main Street. Steamer North Land at Long Wharf." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Father: 1955

Father: 1955

Nothing says "father" like a knit sweater vest. I doubt if this was actually taken on Father's Day; it looks to me like it was a late winter morning when my brother shot this Ektachrome slide, probably still in the throes of ecstasy over his new Lordox 35mm camera. Love his tortoise-shell glasses; who knew that my father was a hipster? View full size.

The Sentinels: 1900

The Sentinels: 1900

Circa 1900. "Interlocking signal plant, Chicago & Alton Railway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hanged: 1864

Hanged: 1864

June 20, 1864. Petersburg, Virginia (vicinity) "The execution of Sergeant William Johnson, Negro soldier, at Jordan's farm. Hanged for Desertion and an Attempt to Outrage the Person of a Young Lady at the New-Kent Courthouse." (Supposedly he insulted a white woman and was made an example of to other soldiers who might be considering desertion; the outcome was not what the Federal Army had hoped for.) Wet plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

El Toro: 1923

El Toro: 1923

April 1923. "Firpo." The Argentine heavyweight boxer Luis Angel Firpo in New York. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Building Suburbia: 1960

Building Suburbia: 1960

Here we have some road construction taking place in an unknown Southern California town. This photo was taken in June 1960. Scanned from the Kodachrome slide. View full size.

 
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