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

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The Silence: 1923

The Silence: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mutton in cold storage." Hangin and chillin, yo. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I'm Baaaaad: 1920

I'm Baaaaad: 1920

Sept. 3, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Wap-See-Ho-Hong." We leave it to our resourceful commenters to fill in the blanks. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Snowbirds: 1900

Snowbirds: 1900

Circa 1900. "Ostrich farm -- Hot Springs, Arkansas." Careful, these birds are "dangereous." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Double Bill: 1926

Double Bill: 1926

April 23, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Miss Dorothy Tierney with porcupine." The stage actress and prickly understudy. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

G.I. Joey: 1942

G.I. Joey: 1942

September 10, 1942, somewhere in Australia. "American soldier at advanced allied base with his pet kangaroo." Photo by John Earl McNeil. View full size.

 

Wabbit Season: 1910

Wabbit Season: 1910

Circa 1910. "Rabbit-hunting party of six men, with bicycles, guns and dogs, including rabbits strung between two tents. Possibly Christchurch district." Now where'd we put that cookbook? Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Convertible Bear: 1958

Convertible Bear: 1958

"Circus parade, 1958." Mr. Bear in a 1955 Oldsmobile Starfire, probably in Baltimore. From the Kermy & Janet collection of Kodachromes. View full size.

 
 
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