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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

Mental Hygiene: 1924

Mental Hygiene: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Exhibit on Mental Hygiene." As we wash our hands, so must we wash our brains. Much poignantly straightforward signage. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Coney Island Bathers: 1905

Coney Island Bathers: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Surf bathing at Coney Island." The latest in revealing swimwear! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Miss Mary's Party: 1909

Miss Mary's Party: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Connecticut. "Miss Mary Graham Jones of the Social Settlement and few of the newsboys (all 10 years old and younger) that she invited to a Sunday afternoon party. In two days she secured the names of 39 newsboys and girls 10 and under. There are more in Hartford." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

The Cat in the Kitchen: 1935

The Cat in the Kitchen: 1935

November 1935. Washington, D.C. "Kitchen in Negro home near Union Station." 35mm negative by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

H Street Market: 1920

H Street Market: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "The New H Street 620 Market." Another glimpse of a long-vanished item of urban street furniture, the bakery delivery box. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Secretary: 1920

The Secretary: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "National Personnel Service Bureau." This could be a shot composed by Edward Hopper. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Speedway Racers: 1925

Speedway Racers: 1925

July 18, 1925. Prince George's County, Maryland. "Bicycle races at Laurel Speedway." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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