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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dogs

Camera? What Camera?

Camera? What Camera?

"Miss Mary E. Patton. Dog Show, 1915." One of many images from the Washington dog show of 1915 showing fancy canines and their even fancier owners, all of them female for some reason. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Two of a Kind: 1915

Two of a Kind: 1915

"Dog Show. Miss Rochester, 1915." Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Mme. Alda: 1909

Mme. Alda: 1909

"Alda relaxing at home." The soprano Frances Alda in 1909, a year before she married Metropolitan Opera manager Giulio Gatti-Casazza. She was said to have "a temper as red as her hair." George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

His Master's Voice: 1915

His Master's Voice: 1915

An uncaptioned circa 1915 glass negative taken outside a Victrola "talking machine" store in Washington, D.C. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Power Couple: 1912

Power Couple: 1912

Washington, 1912. "Edward Beale McLean with Mrs. McLean." Edward (Ned) would become publisher of the Washington Post; his wife, the mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean, was the last private owner of the Hope Diamond. Their tempestuous union would be the fodder for countless headlines leading up to their divorce in 1929. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lost Dog

Lost Dog

1910 Postcard photo sent to my great-grandmother. This photo is still in our family collection. The back reads: "The dog whose picture is on the other side is lost in your neighborhood. If you find any trace of him let us know and recieve a reward. Forever, I P Schear, Geneva, Ind." It is addressed to: "Mail Carrier R.F.D.I. Bryant, Ind" and the postmark is "Dec. 27 8am 1910 Geneva, Ind." View full size.

Sgt. Jiggs: 1925

Sgt. Jiggs: 1925

April 14, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Miss Mae Esterly with Sgt. Jiggs." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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