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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Florida Times-Union: 1904

Florida Times-Union: 1904

Florida circa 1904. "Jacksonville and St. Johns River." Plus the headquarters of the Florida Times-Union newspaper and much transportation-related signage. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Texting: 1917

Texting: 1917

New York, August 1917. "Wireless instruction -- Pratt Institute." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Cat Sandwich: 1984

Cat Sandwich: 1984

January 21, 1984. Our cat is in her favorite place, Father having provided himself with a protective covering using the Sunday papers. The day before was his 82nd birthday, and everybody - the whole family plus grandkids - have gathered this Saturday for the celebration and traditional Big Deal Dinner in the dining room. Other photos in this set show that Mother has made a prime rib with pan-roasted potatoes.

She was originally my brother's cat; we adopted her some 14 or so years earlier when he got a teaching job in Spain. He'd named her "Radio Mary Fubash." My folks wisely chose to call her "Kitty." Outside, when not doing typical cat things like lurking in the bushes, she'd follow Father around all over as he worked in the yard or just relaxed. I think that some dog DNA must have somehow sneaked into her ancestry. I shot this on 35mm Kodacolor 100. View full size.

The Barefoot Baroness: 1909

The Barefoot Baroness: 1909

New York circa 1909. "Lady Richardson." The British dancer and writer Constance Stewart-Richardson (1883–1932), author of "Dancing, Beauty and Games." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Dave and the Duster: 1977

Dave and the Duster: 1977

The street behind my Massachusetts house in 1977, with brother Dave on the hood of my uncle's Plymouth Duster. What a great car; we all took turns driving it. Those were the days. 4x5 Ektachrome. View full size.

Toma Hund: 1935

Toma Hund: 1935

Charles City County, Virginia, circa 1935. "Toma Hund, Barrett's Ferry vicinity." Gambrel roof, double-decker portico and a curiously Germanic sounding name. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

High Spirits: 1956

High Spirits: 1956

Southern California circa 1956. The Oldsmobile and Mrs. Binoculars are back! Everyone seems to be in a jolly mood. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

 
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