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

Ghost Highway: 1964

Ghost Highway: 1964

January 1964. Just up ahead around the bend this roadway, then part of US 99, the major northern highway access to Los Angeles, is today submerged under Pyramid Lake. Traffic was rerouted to Interstate 5 in 1968 when construction of the dam was begun. My color slide on Montgomery Ward film. View full size.

420 Rhode Island Ave, NW: 2008

420 Rhode Island Ave, NW: 2008

Service Station at 420 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. (southwest corner of intersection of Rhode Island & New Jersey). Same location as Texaco Station in 1925. There are currenty two service stations at this intersection: the aerial photo in the comments of the Texaco Station in 1925 posting is the station across the street (southeast corner).

4700 Block, Eighth St, N.W.: 2008

4700 Block, Eighth St, N.W.: 2008

Rowhouses on the east side of the 4700 block of 8th Street N.W., Washington D.C.: 2008. For "then and now" comparison with same block in 1923, soon after being built. Note the aerial photo currently in the comments of the 1923 photo is of the west side of 4600 block of 8th (4700 block is between Crittenden and Decatur).

Georgia & Upshur: 2008

Georgia & Upshur: 2008

Service Station at Georgia and Upshur Avenues NW, Washington DC; 2008. Location of the Minute Service Station #2 in 1926. Surprisingly, it appears that the pumps are in the same location 80+ years later. Let's hope they have actually replaced the underground tanks along the way.

The Rainbow Market: 1955

The Rainbow Market: 1955

April 21, 1955. Inside the Rainbow Market in Larkspur, Calif. After my father sold his store in San Francisco, he worked here in one of our home town's two grocery stores for a few years. That's him in a white apron at the end of the aisle. The exterior of the building can be seen here. My brother also took this shot while he was at it, also on 35mm Tri-X. View full size.

Houses in 400 Block F St, N.E.

Houses in 400 Block F St, N.E.

Houses in 400 Block of F Street N.E., photographed in 2008. These same houses (#412, #414, & #416) appear in the 1921 Photograph of a Whistle Beverage delivery truck. The location is directly across the street from the former site of the Whistle Bottling Works. The bottling plant is long gone, but the houses remain. Other then paint and replaced porch columns, little on the houses has changed. #416 even has a flower pot along the right side of the steps in the same place.

622 North Carolina Avenue S.E., 2008

622 North Carolina Avenue S.E., 2008

622 North Carolina Ave S.E., in the Eastern Market District of Capitol Hill, Washington DC. As seen in 2008, for comparison with 1926 photo. Note the round window, a feature relatively unique in Capitol Hill row-houses. Most, if not all, of the houses in the 1926 photo remain but unfortunately trees and shrubs prevent a good overall street-view comparison.

 
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