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Radio Daze: 1921

Radio Daze: 1921

Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, last seen here. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Basting With Ethel: 1921

Basting With Ethel: 1921

Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, who achieved a dubious renown for skipping out on her concert performances, including a memorable non-appearance at Carnegie Hall. Cooking-wise, we'd zap that another 30 seconds on High. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Approach With Caution: 1919

Approach With Caution: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Homer." The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer, aunt of Samuel Barber, and two of her six children with the composer Sidney Homer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Breakfast with Tiffany?

Breakfast with Tiffany?

New York circa 1922. "Tiffany." The Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Marie Tiffany. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Danger Lurks: 1908

Danger Lurks: 1908

Cos Cob, Connecticut, circa 1908. "Owanoke Prospector's Camp -- Wyndygoul." Camping on the estate of writer-naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Points of interest in this 8x10 glass plate: many trees camouflaging one ambush. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Fancy Cakes: 1910

Fancy Cakes: 1910

New York circa 1910, somewhere on the Lower East Side. "Bread for the poor." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Soprano: 1920

The Soprano: 1920

      "Robert Murray, boy soprano with a voice reaching to the D which falls on the sixth ledger line above the treble clef, said to be the highest voice on record, has been astonishing New York City. His imitations of bird calls at a concert given at the Hippodrome are said to have been remarkable." -- The Etude, January 1922

November 1920. New York. "Murray singing 'Queen of Night'." Robert Murray, "phenomenal boy soprano" from Tacoma, Washington. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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