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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NOTHING LIKE A GOOD BOOK, c 1920s

Double Exposure: 1926

Double Exposure: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Dr. Curt L. Heymann and Miss Isabel Boniface." Two photographers photographed. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Georgetown Five: 1928

Georgetown Five: 1928

Washington, D.C. "Georgetown U., 1928." A narrow range of parting preferences on view here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Union Square: 1910

Union Square: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Union Square." The Met Life tower presides over this panoramic view, a composite of four 8x10 glass negatives. View full size.

 

Roll Play: 1901

Roll Play: 1901

Anytown, U.S.A., circa 1901. "A quiet game." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fortress of Gunk: 1950

Fortress of Gunk: 1950

Once again it's time to head up to the Russian River and some vacation fun with the most awesome toy ever to be placed in the hands of a young boy: mud. This is probably around 1950, so my brother is about 13 and I'm about 4 as we put the finishing touches on our impregnable shoreline fortress. Well actually, even more fun was in store when the River Queen motor launch (think Disneyland Jungle Ride boats) came along and its mini-tsunamis destroyed the ever-loving heck out of it. This shot also reveals the limitations of snapshot cameras everyone had to put up with back then, even a comparatively good one like my sister's Kodak Duaflex: we're not really that close but we're still out of focus, and the slow shutter speed meant additional blurriness from just the jiggle of pressing down the shutter release. But with the standard 3x3 print you got back from the drug store, you probably wouldn't notice. Interesting that, proportionally speaking, my gut is roughly in the same state today. View full size.

Windsor Castle: 1906

Windsor Castle: 1906

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1906. "Hotel Windsor and Boardwalk." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Nettie Quill: 1906

Nettie Quill: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "River packet Nettie Quill." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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