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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Animals

Monster Fish: 1910

Monster Fish: 1910

The monster sun fish caught by W.N. McMillan of E. Africa, at Santa Catalina Island, California on April 1, 1910. The weight was estimated at 3,500 lbs. View full size.

Louise Cromwell: 1911

Louise Cromwell: 1911

Louise Cromwell poses in fox furs, c. 1911. This is likely the wealthy heiress who married General Douglas MacArthur on February 14, 1922. View full size.

 

Secret Squirrel: 1922

Secret Squirrel: 1922

January 24, 1922. Washington, D.C. "'Doe,' an albino squirrel." National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Black Sea Bass: 1900

Black Sea Bass: 1900

A world's record 384-pound black sea bass caught by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn with rod and reel off Catalina Island, California, on August 17, 1900. View full size

Best Easter Wishes: 1908

Best Easter Wishes: 1908

"Best Easter Wishes." Chick pulling flowers in small wagon. Rotograph Company of New York, 1908. View full size.

 

The Rat Collector: 1908

The Rat Collector:  1908

"Bring out yer rats." Ferrets were used in turn of the century New York to track down rodents. Here is the result of one such hunt in 1908. You want to be dressed in a jacket and tie for this kind of work. From the George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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