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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Horses

Winter Light: 1920

Winter Light: 1920

"Boston Common, 1920, Park Street side. Horses pulling snow plow." 4x5 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

The Firs: 1901

The Firs: 1901

Circa 1901. "The Firs -- New Baltimore, Michigan, from west." Our fourth look at this summer resort, where two ladies are setting out in the surrey with the fringe on top. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Municipal Memphis: 1906

Municipal Memphis: 1906

1906. "Cossitt Library and Post Office, Memphis, Tennessee." This Romanesque castle in red sandstone, at Front and Monroe on the banks of the Mississippi, was the city's first public library when it opened in 1893. View full size.

 

It Is the Fad: 1905

It Is the Fad: 1905

        IT IS THE FAD — YOUR PICTURE IN AN AUTO, 10¢

Circa 1905. "Along the boulevard -- Revere Beach, Massachusetts." Note the sign at the tintype photo parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Twelve Horsepower: 1911

Twelve Horsepower: 1911

"Merchants Transfer & Storage Co., Washington, D.C." In 1911, moving a boiler on D Street within sight of the Capitol with a 12-horse team. Bonus: Many old billboards. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ghosts of New York: 1907

Ghosts of New York: 1907

New York circa 1907. "Marble Collegiate Church, Fifth Avenue." Surrounded by a host of ectoplasmic pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Mud and Guts: 1918

Mud and Guts: 1918

Somewhere in Europe circa 1918, from a series of World War I views. "Dead German artilleryman." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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