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Dymaxion House: 1941
May 1941. "Diamaxion [Dymaxion] house, metal, adapted corn bin, built by Butler Brothers, Kansas City. Designed and promoted by R. Buckminster Fuller." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size. Deafening in a hailstor ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/28/2014 - 5:06pm -

Dymaxion House: 1941

Toy Story: 1942
February 1942. A.C. Gilbert Company, New Haven, Connecticut. "Conversion. Toy factory. Stephanie Cewe's skill with this electric screwdriver has been turned to the aid of Uncle Sam's war machine. Stephanie used to assemble toy locomotives; today, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/05/2012 - 8:08pm -

Toy Story: 1942

Ma Kettle: 1900
Circa 1900. "A bit of country life near Henryville, Pennsylvania -- making soap." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. A "Wida maker" That's what you call that dead limb hanging up th ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2012 - 9:43pm -

Ma Kettle: 1900

Trade You for an iPod: 1979
It's a sobering thought that this accumulation of consumer audio gear, though approaching high-end levels but not all that esoteric for the period, may look as archaic to present-day eyes as those examples of enormous, steampunk-like telephone and ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 06/30/2010 - 2:43am -

Trade You for an iPod: 1979

First the Shoes: 1941
July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department with new model at the Crowley-Milner department store." Booting from the desktop. Large format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size. Nope ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/04/2013 - 1:12pm -

First the Shoes: 1941

A Circus Girl: 1908
"A Circus Girl." 1908 photograph by Frederick W. Glasier of Brockton, Massachusetts. View full size. A Circus Girl Considering the age of this print, the quality is unbelievable. I studied the history of photography in my early days as ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/08/2012 - 10:18pm -

A Circus Girl: 1908

The Player: 1925
Washington, D.C., circa 1925. Library of Congress transcription of the label on this negative: "Kaspar Handley," i.e. the Hendley-Kaspar music school run by Lucia Hendley and Henry Kaspar. View full size. National Photo glass negative. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/24/2012 - 8:35pm -

The Player: 1925

You're Soaking in It: 1920
Washington circa 1920. "Walter Reed physiotherapy story." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. Mild? Mild? More than just mild! Fark it! This seems like an easy/perfect candidate ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 8:47pm -

You're Soaking in It: 1920

Bill London: 1942
December 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. "Chicago & North Western RR. William London has been a railroad worker 25 years -- now working at the roundhouse at the Proviso yards." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Inf ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/30/2012 - 6:46pm -

Bill London: 1942

Bedded Wheat: 1906
Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1906. "Natural Food Conservatory. The whole wheat cleaned and ready for use." Incipient Shredded Wheat. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Meow Kitty's dream co ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 1:06pm -

Bedded Wheat: 1906

Rodrigues and Children: 1920
Brazilian advisor Manuel Coelho Rodrigues with his children in Washington, D.C., 1920. From the National Photo Company. View full size. the daughter on the right will eat your soul... Freaky What a weird illusion. At first glance ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 09/08/2011 - 7:20pm -

Rodrigues  and Children: 1920

Nick Noir: 1924
New York, December 1924. "Unloading Railway Express car." When the sleigh's in the shop, Santa might have to hijack a truck. 5x7 glass negative. View full size. Chucky The face on the guy helping him load makes me shiver. Nightmare city ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/06/2012 - 3:55pm -

Nick Noir: 1924

Reaching Out: 1973
High atop Christmas Tree Hill above Corte Madera, California, I reach out from my fisheye lens to my sister-in-law. Sort of like Michelangelo meets Coca-Cola commercial. In the near distance, southern Marin County's Richardson Bay, Sausalito and t ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/16/2011 - 7:00pm -

Reaching Out: 1973

Chair and Balanced: 1917
Washington, D.C., 1917. "Reynolds, J., performing acrobatic and balancing acts on high cornice above Ninth Street N.W." Our fourth glimpse of "Jug" Reynolds at work atop the Lansburgh furniture store. Harris & Ewing. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/29/2012 - 12:17am -

Chair and Balanced: 1917

Doing Her Part: 1942
October 1942. "Rita Rodriguez. Production of B-24 bombers and C-87 transports at Consolidated Aircraft, Fort Worth, Texas." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size. Always in my underw ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/30/2012 - 6:43pm -

Doing Her Part: 1942

Modern Family: 1936
July 1936. "Family of migratory fruit workers. Yakima, Washington." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size. Happy with her shoes! It looks like the young girl in the white blouse is wearing a pair ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/15/2012 - 3:39pm -

Modern Family: 1936

Top Gun: 1900
Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Chicago . One of the crew." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Hard headed It couldn't have been easy to use the head with one of those uniforms on. Pity the sailor wh ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 3:50pm -

Top Gun: 1900

Tree House: 1923
Washington, D.C., 1923. All it says here is "Dept. of Agriculture." Back when the place was run by the Keebler Elves. National Photo Company. View full size. Noble Redwood Tree House More photos here : This was the General No ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/11/2011 - 12:45pm -

Tree House: 1923

Pitcher This: 1924
New York circa 1924. "Fitziu." The Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Fitziu, seated, and friends. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size. It's Come Undone I had to laugh when I saw that the embroidery design on her dre ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 - 8:50pm -

Pitcher This: 1924

Ballpark Figure: 1924
November 12, 1924. "Statues of Walter Johnson at Dunbar studio." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. Now and then Pre-bobblehead Original HOFer Walter Johnson compiled a record of 417-279. This look ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/07/2010 - 8:31pm -

Ballpark Figure: 1924

Varsity Stickman: 1924
1924. "Lewis, Maryland Agricultural College." Gomer Lewis, University of Maryland lacrosse star. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size. All-American Gomer Lewis was named All-American out home (attacker) player in 1924 and 1 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/07/2012 - 11:31pm -

Varsity Stickman: 1924

Merry Christmas From 1954
We're all dolled up for Christmas Day and a visit by my godmother and her family. She's in front between my father and brother; her two sons in back. My squint and smirk is characteristic of my eight-year-old self. My brother is smirking because h ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/29/2011 - 8:18pm -

Merry Christmas From 1954

Ask Us About Our Poultry: 1942
November 1942. Lititz, Pennsylvania. "Mennonite farmer and wife at the farmer's market." These folks look like they'd be only too happy to bend your ear about their birds. Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/09/2010 - 12:10pm -

Ask Us About Our Poultry: 1942

The Twiddler: 1922
Washington, D.C. December 19, 1922. "Rep. Vincent Morrison Brennan, Republican of Michigan, listening in on the proceedings of the House, with a receiving set." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size. Cylinder dictati ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 12:51pm -

The Twiddler: 1922

The Housewife's Friend: 1915
"Kitchen Appliance." A three-burner Alcohol Utilities stove with griddle and toaster circa 1915. View full size. National Photo Company Collection. How about a shot of Tequila, Agnes dear? Yes, please go ahead and pour me a stiff one, E ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/22/2008 - 2:58am -

The Housewife's Friend: 1915

Measurements: 1937
July 23, 1937. "To enable fathers and mothers to order clothes with the confidence that a size 8 or 10 is all it's supposed to be in length and breadth, the Bureau of Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is leading a project in which college ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/12/2011 - 9:24pm -

Measurements: 1937

Film Crew: 1974
On location in Santa Cruz, California, my brother and me, garbed appropriately for the period. My Braun Nizo was something like the BMW of Super-8 movie cameras (the Bolex being perhaps the Mercedes): f1.8 11-to-1 zoom lens, lap dissolve function, ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 02/27/2011 - 3:01pm -

Film Crew: 1974

Milk Runner: 1903
Louisiana circa 1903. "New Orleans milk cart." Bonus points if you can Street View this. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. Milk deliveries In the days before milk bottles, people would bring their own ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 5:50pm -

Milk Runner: 1903

Shiny Datsun: 1971
August 1971. A car that today you'd most likely see as a rusting hulk in a junkyard or vacant lot, and clothes in a Goodwill. My brother and sister-in-law pose with their 1967 Datsun Bluebird parked on my father's garage ramp on Walnut Avenue in L ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/29/2011 - 8:49pm -

Shiny Datsun: 1971

Brooklyn Public Library: 1941
February 4, 1941. "Foyer, Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial), Prospect Park Plaza." Acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size. Kafkaesque My first thought was this must be in Eastern Europe -- big empty halls to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 12:09am -

Brooklyn Public Library: 1941
 
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