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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Warehouse Fire: 1925

Warehouse Fire: 1925

        A spectacular fire that spread with a rapidity that stunned firemen virtually destroyed the five-story warehouse of S. Kann & Sons, at Eighth and D streets northwest, shortly after 7 o'clock last night. Merchandise valued at $175,000 was destroyed by the fire, which raced through the building as though fanned by a giant bellows.
        It is believed that a cigarette was accidentally thrown into a basket of excelsior and that the basket was moved into the packing room from the street.
-- Washington Post

January 10, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Fire at S. Kanns warehouse, Eighth and D streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Barley Car: 1923

The Barley Car: 1923

San Francisco circa 1923. "Barley Motor Car." The 6-50 touring model of this exceedingly obscure marque. 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

Richmond Redux: 1912

Richmond Redux: 1912

Circa 1912. "Panorama of Virginia State Capitol, Richmond." Part II of this view, each made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Richmond Panorama: 1912

Richmond Panorama: 1912

The Old Dominion circa 1912. "Richmond, Virginia, panorama." Made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Broadway-Hollywood: 1942

The Broadway-Hollywood: 1942

April 1942. "Hollywood, California. Girl on the street." Note the aspirational hat. Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Cocktails & Cokes: 1957

Cocktails & Cokes: 1957

Oakland or vicinity circa 1957. "Collision with bus." Futuramic Oldsmobile meets military shuttle. And as long as we're at Frank's, how about a Coke? In bottles, of course. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Cultivated Minds: 1952

Cultivated Minds: 1952

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1952. "Library staff." On the premises of the Columbus Enquirer. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 
 
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