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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

G.G. Bain

Theory & Practice: 1917

Theory & Practice: 1917

New York, 1917. "Helen Campbell." A Hunter College student licensed as a wireless operator during World War I. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Winter Wonderland: 1915

Winter Wonderland: 1915

Dec. 14, 1915. "New York. Central Park at 72nd Street after blizzard." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Urban Eden: 1908

Urban Eden: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Living on a skyscraper." An apartment building rooftop garden, with a small menagerie. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

What a Dump: 1911

What a Dump: 1911

November 13, 1911. "New York streets during garbage strike." Note ashcans full of actual ashes. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Le Grand Pont: 1910

Le Grand Pont: 1910

June 30, 1910. "Traveling bridge - Marseilles, France." 5x7 acetate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Miracle Worker: 1908

Miracle Worker: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Blind woman taking dictation on machine." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Feathers and Fur: 1908

Feathers and Fur: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Mary Langley Bruce seated with her Griffon Bruxellois, 'Cupid'." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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