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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

G.G. Bain

The Nippers of November: 1920

The Nippers of November: 1920

New York, 1920. "Graham shop." Store window display of the Graham Talking Machine Co. at 75 Graham Avenue in Brooklyn. Among the titles you could take for a spin: "Ever of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming," "Drowsy Baby" and "My Little Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle." Who'll be the first brave soul to attempt a Nipper count? 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Palais Royal: 1920

Palais Royal: 1920

New York circa 1920. "Palais Royal, Broadway." Where, whether you're Prince Albert, Dorothy Dickson or a tube of Sozodont, you can see your name in lights. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Just Add Water: 1922

Just Add Water: 1922

Atlantic City circa 1922. "Four young ladies on a roof." Who can put a name to any of these lovely faces? 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

A Garland of Goddesses: 1909

A Garland of Goddesses: 1909

New York, 1909. "Greek Festival -- Gladys Mumford, Mary Meyers, Susan Dresser, Elise Holmes, Mary French, Alice Richard, Gladys Robbins." The theme here is classical antiquity, although Miss Holmes betrays a certain Cubist insouciance. 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Page Turner: 1922

Page Turner: 1922

New York circa 1922. A label transcribed as "Farraham" semi-identifies this enigmatic lady, last seen here. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

The Diva and the Dog: 1917

The Diva and the Dog: 1917

November 19, 1917. New York. "Frances White." A singer of brief renown (for "The Spelling Song"), Frances, seen here at age 19, was half of the vaudeville team Rock & White. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

On a Lighter Note: 1919

On a Lighter Note: 1919

The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer with husband Sidney and their brood circa 1919, sunnier but moldier than when we last saw them. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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