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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., 1920. "Potomac Sales Co., front." Adding to the scant contemporary documentation of the Dixie Flyer, one of many "assembled cars" (i.e., major components supplied by third parties) from the early years of motoring. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
July 1957. "Actor James Arness filming on location for the television series Gunsmoke." Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "Jim Arness: Hero of Gunsmoke." View full size.
Circa 1890s-1900. "Beach and ladies' bathing place, Margate, England." Here we see a fixture of Victorian seaside resorts, the "bathing machine" -- a sort of horse-drawn cabana that was backed into the water and from which the lady would emerge, having changed into her bathing-petticoat, let out the back entrance by an attendant and, if an uncertain swimmer, tethered with a rope. Photochrom print, Catalogue J (1905), Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.