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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

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Oil and Water: 1943

Oil and Water: 1943

March 1943. "Ash Fork, Arizona (vicinity). Passing an eastbound freight on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Winslow and Seligman." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Stove-Cam: 1901

Stove-Cam: 1901

Chelsea, Michigan, circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, general view." In the four years since our last visit from this perspective, one of the fence-leaners has made his way across the tracks. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Sister Act: 1943

Sister Act: 1943

May 1943. Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. "Twins Amy and Mary Rose Lindich, 21, employed at the Pennsylvania Railroad as car repairmen helpers, earning 72 cents per hour. They reside in Jeanette and carpool with fellow workers." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

PA Flyer: 1905

PA Flyer: 1905

Circa 1905. "Pennsylvania Flyer, eastbound." Heading past Telegraph Pole National Forest. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Mizpah Arch: 1908

Mizpah Arch: 1908

Denver, Colorado, circa 1908. "Welcome arch at Union Depot looking down 17th Street." The arch, with the Hebrew benediction "mizpah" soon replacing WELCOME on the other (departure) side, was torn down in 1931. View full size.

 

Welcome to Denver: 1908

Welcome to Denver: 1908

        Click here for a view of the arch from the depot.

Denver, Colorado, circa 1908. "Welcome arch and Union Depot." Where blurry pedestrians risk the retoucher's brush. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Mod Cafe: 1943

Mod Cafe: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "U.S.O. canteen, Penn Station, Harrisburg, Pa. Serving bar." Our second look at this proto-Googie extravaganza, brought to you by Travelers Aid and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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