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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAY GUN WATER PISTOL, 1953

Railroads

Routing the Rails: 1943

Routing the Rails: 1943

April 1943. "Switchman throwing a switch at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard, Chicago, Ill." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Tall Ships: 1900

Tall Ships: 1900

Pensacola Bay circa 1900. "Pensacola Harbor, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

All a Board: 1899

All a Board: 1899

Minnesota circa 1899. "Winona, a sawmill plant." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wheels Up: 1922

Wheels Up: 1922

July 31, 1922. Laurel, Maryland. "Two B&O freights wrecked in head-on crash at Laurel switch." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Grand Trunk Station: 1905

Grand Trunk Station: 1905

Portland, Maine, circa 1905. "Grand Trunk Station, India Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Day Trippers: 1906

Day Trippers: 1906

Circa 1906. "Suburban station at Petoskey, Michigan." A locomotive of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad, with a car bearing the names of Little Traverse Bay and Crooked and Walloon Lakes. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Santa Fe Elevator: 1915

Santa Fe Elevator: 1915

Chicago circa 1915."The Santa Fe grain elevator, head of the canal." Pantry for the nation's breadbasket. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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