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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Great Society: 1965

Great Society: 1965

It's a fine morning at the White House with my mom and sister posed for the shot in this Kodachrome slide from 1965. View full size.

Then Things Got Weird

Then Things Got Weird

1965 Kodachrome of JFK's gravesite. I think this is a triple exposure. I count three fences. A nice companion piece to the one Dad took earlier in the decade in Miami.

Strangers on Muleback

Strangers on Muleback

My dad attended Lincoln Memorial University in the late 1930s. He kept a scrapbook of tiny photos to remember his first adventure away from home. I have no idea who these people are but the picture was probably taken somewhere near the school in Harrogate, Tennessee just south of Cumberland Gap.

Mr. and Mrs C. J. Franklin

Mr. and Mrs C. J. Franklin

Photos are original and glued to newspaper layout with original illustrations drawn directly on the board. Image features a Mr. and Mrs C. J. Franklin and their cars. They appear to have taken a famous trip from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington in 1907. Bottom image is from 1915 or later. View full size.

Seattle Race Car

Seattle Race Car

Taken by the firm of Webster & Stevens in Seattle, in the very early 1900s. The car is covered in mud and is stocked with supplies. Unsure of meaning but could probably be a cross country race. Webster and Stevens are well known photographers of historical Seattle images. They were the official photographers for the Seattle Times from 1903 to 1946. View full size.

Gettysburg, PA 1910

Gettysburg, PA 1910

The photographers wagon can be seen in the distance on the left just above the heads of the people. The license plate on the car says Ohio 1910, but the location is the Gettysburg Battlefield. The obelisk is the monument to the United States Regulars. View full size.

Chas Metzger's Garage

Chas Metzger's Garage

After careful study, I noticed that the clock on the wall has a hand for the day of the month. There is also a calendar on the wall set to April, but the year is unreadable. With a little bit of deducing, I was able to determine that this picture was taken on April 27, 1927 at 2pm (or 2am). It is also possible that the calender is old and the clock isn't running but I like my theory better. View full size.

 
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