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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dogs

Lt. Custer and Pvt. Pup: 1862

Lt. Custer and Pvt. Pup: 1862

May 20, 1862. "The Peninsula, Virginia. The staff of Gen. Fitz-John Porter; Lts. William G. Jones and George A. Custer reclining." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war: the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair, by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

Animal Control: 1924

Animal Control: 1924

Washington, D.C., dog catchers in 1924. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

January 19, 1923. "Dog Smoking." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Dog Catchers: 1924

Dog Catchers: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catchers." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Holdouts: 1935

Holdouts: 1935

October 1935. "One of the few remaining inhabitants of Zinc, Arkansas, deserted mining town." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

Miss Fudge: 1921

Miss Fudge: 1921

1921. "Dog cemetery, Miss Logan's dog." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Dogwood: 1922

Dogwood: 1922

From circa 1922, the bandleader and Victor recording artist Joseph C. Smith. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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