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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Railroads

New York Central: 1905

New York Central: 1905

Circa 1905. "New York Central railroad station, Rochester." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Locomotive of Tomorrow: 1939

Locomotive of Tomorrow: 1939

July 19, 1939. "New York World's Fair, railroad exhibit locomotives. Locomotive of Tomorrow, general view." Up next: The Caboose of Next Wednesday. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Deluxe Wash: 1942

Deluxe Wash: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Washing a locomotive at the coaling station at an Illinois Central railyard." Triple Foam and Rain-X, $3 extra. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Winnipesaukee Cannonball: 1906

Winnipesaukee Cannonball: 1906

Circa 1906. "Railway station at Weirs -- Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tailgater: 1943

Tailgater: 1943

March 1943. "Chillicothe, Illinois. A helper engine is taken on for added power on a grade extending eight miles on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chillicothe, Illinois, and Fort Madison, Iowa." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Detroit Iron: 1903

Detroit Iron: 1903

1903. "Detroit Iron and Steel Co. mill." One of the wonders of the Rust Belt. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hotel Shoreham: 1907

Hotel Shoreham: 1907

        "Virginia Av., near Beach. Capac. 300. $10 to $17 weekly. $2 to $3 daily. Steam heat. Elevator. Private baths. Phones. Booklet."

Circa 1907. "The Shoreham, Cape May, New Jersey." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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