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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRITISH COLUMBIA, c. 1947

Horses

Express Strike: 1910

Express Strike: 1910

"Express Strike, New York City." In 1910, wagon drivers for Adams Express, American Express, Wells Fargo and other delivery companies went on strike, leading to riots and rock-throwing when the strike-breakers were called in. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Smith Storage: 1920

Smith Storage: 1920

Washington, 1920. "Smith Storage Co., 13th & U Streets N.W." With the motor truck gaining fast on the horse team. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Two Fine Fillies: 1925

Two Fine Fillies: 1925

April 18, 1925. "Miss Louise Ireland & Miss Helen Marye." Last seen in the previous post on a tricycle with a big bow in her hair, 10 years later Helen has graduated to polo ponies and a bobbed 'do. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Atlanta: 1864

Atlanta: 1864

Atlanta, 1864. "Federal Army wagons at railroad depot." And maybe Scarlett O'Hara in the distance. Wet plate negative by George N. Barnard. View full size.

 

Old Baldy: 1863

Old Baldy: 1863

October 1863. "Culpeper, Virginia. Gen. George G. Meade's horse, Baldy." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Scared of School: 1908

Scared of School: 1908

September 1908. Grafton, West Virginia. "Tipple Boy and Drivers. Maryland Coal Co. mine near Sand Lick. Boy with mule was afraid at first to be in the picture; another boy said he feared we might make him go to school." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cobb's Hill: 1864

Cobb's Hill: 1864

1864. "Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Photographer [possibly Mathew Brady, next to the horse] at Butler's signal tower, Cobb's Hill, Appomattox River." Note the cloth-draped darkroom and developing chemicals in bottles on the grass. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereo pair. View full size.

 
 
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