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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A HOBO AND HIS DOG, c 1900

G.G. Bain

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.

 

Got Bread?

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Got Bread?

Bread peddlers, East Side Manhattan circa 1915. View full size. 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection.

Got Meat?

Got Meat?

East Side peddler, New York. Circa 1915. View full size. 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Push Harder: 1908

Push Harder: 1908

Clement-Bayard dirigible in shed in France circa 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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