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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

At Ease: 1863

At Ease: 1863

"June 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. Fairfax Court House, Virginia. Capt. J.B. Howard, Office of Assistant Quartermaster, and group at headquarters, Army of the Potomac." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Leaving Town: 1959

Leaving Town: 1959

I purchased this slide dated December 1959 at a swap meet. There was no other information printed on it. Where could this be? View full size.

Arc Story: 1942

Arc Story: 1942

July 1942. "An electric arc welder at a large Southern boatyard examines a bead he has just run on a steel ramp boat which will be used in making beach landings of men, tanks, and other equipment on hostile shores. Higgins Industries, New Orleans." Photo by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sally's Harley: 1937

Sally's Harley: 1937

Sept. 15, 1937. "Although she weighs only 88 pounds -- one-third of the machine she rides -- Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club -- the only girl ever to be accorded this honor." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

In Memoriam: 1952

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In Memoriam: 1952

February 1952. From photos by Gerd Baatz and Jim Hansen for the Look magazine assignment "West Point Story -- military officers from the United States Military Academy Class of 1950 who fought in the Korean War. Includes Elliott Knott's funeral at West Point." View full size.

The White Is King: 1908

The White Is King: 1908

Circa 1908. "Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis." Our title comes from the sign over the White Sewing Machine Co. store. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Road Trip: 1932

Road Trip: 1932

"NO CAPTION." It's 1932, somewhere in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., and these boys are en route to points unknown via shank's mare. Happy trails! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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