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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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The Dream: 1909

The Dream: 1909

"See what Prince will do for me." Prince Albert, Ida Cuthbertson's "famous educated horse." Brown Studio, Riverside, circa 1909. View full size.

 

Nashville: 1864

Nashville: 1864

Fortified railroad bridge across the Cumberland River at Nashville, 1864. "Continuing his policy of the offensive at any cost, Gen. John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Gen. George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on this photograph is correct, it was taken in the course of the battle." View full size. Wet collodion glass stereograph by George N. Barnard.

 

Antietam: 1862

Antietam: 1862

Allan Pinkerton ("E.J. Allen") of the Secret Service on horseback. Antietam, Maryland, main eastern theater of the war, September-October 1862. Glass negative (wet collodion). View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

 

Deadwood: 1888

Deadwood: 1888

Deadwood, South Dakota, from Mrs. Livingston's Hill. View full size or zoom in. Circa 1888 photograph by John C.H. Grabill. Another Deadwood shot here.

 

Sherman in Atlanta: 1864

Sherman in Atlanta: 1864

Union soldiers on boxcars at railroad depot next to offices of the Atlanta Intelligencer during the city's occupation by General Sherman. View full size. Wet plate glass negative by George Barnard. Alternate view here.

 

A Friendly Game of Horse

A Friendly Game of Horse

Basketball at Durland's Riding Academy, New York. 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Since 1949, the Durland's building at Central Park West has been home to ABC, at 7 West 66th Street. Until 1999, the sets for "20/20" and "Good Morning America" were in the main riding ring (above).

 

Horseketball: 1908

Horseketball: 1908

Basketball on the tanbark at Durland's Riding Academy, New York. 1908. Evidently it's traveling if you let go of the reins. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Check out how this pic looked before restoration.

 
 
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