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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

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Montreal: 1916

Montreal: 1916

Circa 1916. "St. Catherine Street, Montreal, Quebec." Je me souviens. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hidden Washington: 1923

Hidden Washington: 1923

"Produce wagon in city, 1923." One in a series of Harris & Ewing plates showing the alleys and backstreets of Washington, D.C. The subject here is a Chaconas grocery wagon. Who can identify the dome? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Sal's Italian Groceries: 1936

Sal's Italian Groceries: 1936

December 1936. "Scene from the Bronx tenement district from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." Another example of the ostensibly onerous conditions from which the Resettlement Administration offered an escape. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Horse Christmas Tree: 1919

Horse Christmas Tree: 1919

Washington, D.C. "Horse Christmas tree, 1919." Where's Charlie Brown when you need him? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Jeff Davis: 1865

Jeff Davis: 1865

March 1865. "City Point, Virginia. 'Jeff Davis,' General Grant's pony." You can't say Ulysses S. Grant lacked a sense of humor. Wet plate negative. View full size.

 

Down in the Dumps: 1923

Down in the Dumps: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Dump story." Wagons for hire; James Terry Express on the left. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Our Little Town: 1906

Our Little Town: 1906

Circa 1906. "Old town hall -- Marblehead, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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