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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

Genesee Street: 1904

Genesee Street: 1904

Syracuse, New York, circa 1904. "Genesee Street." Early-1900s standbys include the usual assortment of painless dentists, and a "Misfit" clothing parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Big & Tall: 1908

Big & Tall: 1908

December 1908. "Catawba Cotton Mills. Newton, N.C. It seems a pity that some of the spinning frames are so large that the children cannot operate them." Glass negative (and sardonic caption) by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

A Case of the Mondays: 1925

A Case of the Mondays: 1925

There's no caption for this yellowing print of a lady at an office desk with postage stamps (quite possibly on October 19, 1925). Yet there must be some reason it's in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. View full size.

 

Rocky Road: 1937

Rocky Road: 1937

February 1937. "Missouri family of five, seven months from the drought area. 'Broke, baby sick, car trouble.' U.S. 99 near Tracy, California." Last seen here. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Wharfcar: 1922

Wharfcar: 1922

        UPDATE: The intersection is 18th and U streets NW, on the edge of Adams-Morgan.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "NO CAPTION (Streetcar stop)." Our second sample from this series of traffic-related views. Who can locate the intersection? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Kid Crossing: 1922

Kid Crossing: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "NO CAPTION (Children, police motorcycles with sidecars, and streetcar in street)." From a series of photos whose subject seems to be traffic safety. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Grand Hotel: 1908

Grand Hotel: 1908

New York in 1908. "Hotel Astor, Times Square." Note the fancy roof garden. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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