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

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Harlem River Speedway: 1905

Harlem River Speedway: 1905

New York circa 1905. "The Harlem River from High Bridge. View of Harlem River Speedway and Washington Bridge." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The White Stallion: 1916

The White Stallion: 1916

Washington, D.C., circa 1916. "Society Circus -- Ruth Anderson." Presumably on top. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ben-Hurry: 1917

Ben-Hurry: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Devereux child in chariot." Late for the toga party. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Horsecar Opera: 1890

Horsecar Opera: 1890

New Orleans circa 1890. "The Clay Monument, Canal Street." Fascinating details abound in this scene captured by William Henry Jackson: The 1-horsepower horsecar, the ancient carbon-arc lamp suspended from a complicated-looking boom, and much signage. Personal favorites: WIG MANUFACTORY, and logo of the ETV&G (East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia) Railway. View full size.

 

Base-ball To-day: 1906

Base-ball To-day: 1906

The Jersey Shore circa 1906. "On the beach, Atlantic City." Note the DEFOREST WIRELESS station on the pier. Who wants ice cream? View full size.

 

Madison and State: 1907

Madison and State: 1907

Chicago circa 1907. "Madison and State streets." Merchants trading on this corner include Carson Pirie Scott and Mandel Bros.; also note the Montgomery Ward delivery wagons. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Enzer's: 1938

Enzer's: 1938

January 1938. "Front of livery stable, East Side, New York City." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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