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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

One Way: 1936

One Way: 1936

February 1936. "Narrow street in New Brunswick, New Jersey." That part of town known in many American cities as the Gashouse District. Medium format nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Grandfather of All: 1935

Grandfather of All: 1935

October 1935. "Russ Nicholson, grandfather of all the Nicholsons in Nicholson Hollow. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Carrier of Carrots: 1943

Carrier of Carrots: 1943

May 1943. Buffalo, New York. "Beverly Ann Grimm, 11, leaving the store after making the family purchases from a list left that morning by her widowed mother who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth." Also: It's National Baby Week! Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Pier 23: 1925

Pier 23: 1925

1925. "REO coupe overlooking San Francisco Bay, Embarcadero piers and Yerba Buena Island." Plus an unintentional shadow-selfie. 5x7 glass negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Sisters Grimm: 1943

Sisters Grimm: 1943

May 1943. Buffalo, New York. "Patsy Grimm helping with housework. Their mother, a 26-year-old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

South of the Border: 1961

South of the Border: 1961

"Acapulco, 1961." James Coburn and Ralph Taeger in our second publicity still from this short-lived NBC series. Somewhere over the horizon: a shipwrecked Newton Minow. 4x5 negative from the Publicity Dept. archive. View full size.

 

Slippery When Wet: 1955

Slippery When Wet: 1955

Oakland, California, circa 1955, and another crepuscular rendezvous of vehicular violence. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 
 
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