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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Horses

Beech Street: 1910

Beech Street: 1910

Circa 1910. "Beech Street -- Manchester, New Hampshire." Note the carbon arc lamp and its elaborate rigging. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Gaslight Alley: 1920

Gaslight Alley: 1920

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1920. "Street scene with horse and wagon." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Horsy Chapeau: 1923

Horsy Chapeau: 1923

New Orleans circa 1923. "View of a street and roofs." Also an ice wagon whose horse is wearing a hat. Bonus points if you can identify the street. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

12-Hour Photo: 1901

12-Hour Photo: 1901

Circa 1901. "The Islesworth and Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City." Much interesting signage among the hotels, our favorite being the advertisement for photo developing and printing "in 12 hours." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Corpus Christi: 1943

Corpus Christi: 1943

June 1943. "Corpus Christi, Texas." The Ascension. Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Family Butcher: 1910

Family Butcher: 1910

1910. Wellington, New Zealand. "David Taylor's butcher shop, Wadestown, showing decorated carcasses and horse-drawn delivery cart. David Taylor in doorway." Glass plate negative by Frederick James Halse. View full size.

 

A Fast Horse: 1914

A Fast Horse: 1914

Washington, D.C., 1914. "Wrisley Brown, attorney, riding." You'll note the Washington Monument showing a decided tilt to the left, although the reason is more optical than political. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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