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Vintage photos of:
A post for the first day of spring, and the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Commence sketching and shooting!
April 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Photographers shooting cherry blossoms at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
1952. "Photographs show families who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl years. People pictured include Mr. & Mrs. Dinwiddie with daughter Ruth and grandchildren Margaret and Bobby." From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "What's Become of the Okies?" View full size.
When you're being booked for Drunk & Disorderly in front of this guy, the blue (?) lights must be awesome to behold.
Oct. 7, 1954. "Police desk, Village Hall, Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Moore & Hutchins, client." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.