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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HALL OF SCIENCE, 1934 WORLD'S FAIR

G.G. Bain

Vacation Circus: The Fab Four

Vacation Circus: The Fab Four

Detail from group shot of Vacation Circus members. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. More of the mysterious Vacation Circus here.

Don't Mess With Me

Don't Mess With Me

Detail of the lady subway guard's shoes. View full size.

Overheated Horse: 1910

Overheated Horse: 1910

"New York City: Horse overcome by heat." Circa 1910. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Hopefully the equine ambulance was on its way.

 

Lady Subway Guard: 1917

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Lady Subway Guard: 1917

Brooklyn subway guard, 1917. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Miss Conservatively Dressed, until you get down to those shoes.

Hotel Astor: 1916

Hotel Astor: 1916

The Hotel Astor on Times Square circa 1916. Note roof garden and, at lower right, the elaborate marquee for the film "Civilization." View full size. (George Grantham Bain Collection.) The building, at 1515 Broadway and West 44th Street, was demolished in 1967 and replaced by, in the words of one architecture critic, a "hideous tall office tower," 1 Astor Plaza, whose crownlike top is a familiar sight from across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

 

Pat Connelly: 1909

Pat Connelly: 1909

New York, November 13, 1909. "Irish wrestler Pat Connelly." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Al and Jimmy: 1913

Al and Jimmy: 1913

Al Bridwell and Jimmy Archer of the Chicago Cubs. July 21, 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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