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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Railroads

Ninth Avenue El: 1915

Ninth Avenue El: 1915

August 21, 1915. "Express track, 9th Avenue 'L'." Construction along the Ninth Avenue elevated tracks at West 13th Street in New York. On the corner: Charlie's Restaurant. 5x7 glass negative by George Grantham Bain. View full size.

 

Quiets the Nerves: 1915

Quiets the Nerves: 1915

New York, August 1915. "Express track, Ninth Avenue 'L.'" I was about to pass up this photo of the Ninth Avenue elevated line as being too damaged, then saw the giant bandaged kitty advertising Katzen ("Not a Dope -- Quiets the Nerves") and changed my mind. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain. View full size.

 

Mass Transit: 1910

Mass Transit: 1910

Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1910. "Atlantic Avenue subway entrance." Plus an elevated railway and streetcar tracks. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Atlanta Depot: 1864

Atlanta Depot: 1864

1864. "Atlanta, Georgia, railroad yards." Wet plate collodion glass negative, left half of stereograph pair, by George N. Barnard. View full size.

 

Chicago & North Western: 1942

Chicago & North Western: 1942

December 1942. "One of the Chicago and North Western R.R. classification yards." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Inbox: 1912

Inbox: 1912

"Post Office Dept. Hupp Auto Railway Service." The download part of the Hupp mail-transfer system. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fast Mail: 1912

Fast Mail: 1912

"1912. Post Office. Hupp Automatic Railway Service." Another look at the Hupp system for mail transfer to and from a moving train, this being the upload part. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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