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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • 1940 PACKARD SUPER-8

Railroads

King Cotton: 1906

King Cotton: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Cotton Exchange." A building with beaucoup bling -- note the crown-topped bale signifying you-know-what. View full size.

 

Crack Salesmen: 1936

Crack Salesmen: 1936

Oct. 8, 1936. "H.O. Harrison Pontiac -- 'crack salesmen' and wives 'Going East' on streamliner City of San Francisco." 8x10 acetate negative. View full size.

 

South Station: 1905

South Station: 1905

Circa 1905. "South Station, Boston, and elevated line." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Gravity's Railroad: 1921

Gravity's Railroad: 1921

Marin County, California, circa 1921. "Mount Tamalpais Tavern and Gravity Car with REO auto." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Troubled Waters: 1864

Troubled Waters: 1864

1864. "Civil War R.R. operations, bridges and equipment -- Railway Bridge across Platt Creek (vicinity of Knoxville, Tenn.)" Wet plate negative. View full size.

 

It's a Small Train: 1951

It's a Small Train: 1951

September 1951. "Walt Disney oiling parts of the locomotive of his scale model steam railroad, the Carolwood Pacific Railway, in the backyard of his house in Los Angeles." Medium-format nitrate negative by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "Walt Disney's Giant Little Railroad." View full size.

That Light in the Tunnel: 1900

That Light in the Tunnel: 1900

Circa 1900. "St. Clair River tunnel. Port Huron, Michigan." Time to move the camera! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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