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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Animals

Thoroughly Modern: 1922

Thoroughly Modern: 1922

July 1922. Washington, D.C. "Snapped at the Tidal Basin: Mildred Kapleck with her pet opossum, the latest novelty introduced at the bathing beach." Harris & Ewing glass negative for The Washington Post. View full size.

 

The Elephant in the Studio: 1954

The Elephant in the Studio: 1954

        "This morning at 10, the Happy Homemaker shares her favorite elephant recipes."

Los Angeles, 1954. "Betty White with elephant on her daytime TV show." 4x5 acetate negative from the Shorpy Publicity Department archive. View full size.

 

Predator: 1923

Predator: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Mrs. Denby and kids at zoo." Say, don't I know you from back home? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

California Girls: 1919

California Girls: 1919

San Francisco or thereabouts circa 1919. "Chalmers touring car." At what seems to be a deluxe cow barn. 6½ x 8½ Wyland Stanley glass negative. View full size.

 

Beau Peep: 1900s

Beau Peep: 1900s

Circa 1900 in parts unknown. "Seth & lamb at Will's. f4.5 3.5F Kodak." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative by Mother Goose, for all we know. View full size.

 

Jekyll & Hide: 1935

Jekyll & Hide: 1935

Washington, D.C. "NO CAPTION" is the caption on this Harris & Ewing glass negative from 1935 of a lady and her furry friend. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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