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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

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Churchill House: 1904

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Churchill House: 1904

Circa 1904. "The Churchill house." No location given, but neighboring images in this sequence were taken in Vermont. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

You've Got Quail!

You've Got Quail!

New Zealand ca. 1920s. "Hunter with quail photographed by Frederick N. Jones of Nelson." Dry plate glass negative. View full size.

Table-Hopping: 1923

Table-Hopping: 1923

April 24, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Canadian horseman Jack Prestage on his thoroughbred Tipperary." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Magnolia-sur-Mer: 1906

Magnolia-sur-Mer: 1906

Circa 1906. "The bathing beach at Magnolia, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Looking Sharp: 1914

Looking Sharp: 1914

1914. Whanganui, New Zealand. "Employees of Thomas Mitchell Ltd., Butchers." Glass negative by by Frank J. Denton of Tesla Studios. View full size.

 

Feathers and Fur: 1908

Feathers and Fur: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Mary Langley Bruce seated with her Griffon Bruxellois, 'Cupid'." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Puppy Prodigy: 1914

Puppy Prodigy: 1914

1914. "Dog wearing dress, posed with miniature violin and sheet music on stand." Playing the Inverted Waltz. Photo by Harry Whittier Frees. View full size.

 
 
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