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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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Mime Goes Motoring: 1910

Mime Goes Motoring: 1910

November 30, 1910. The caption just says "Mime" motoring. After putting in a request to the Shorpy research division, we can report that "Mime" is the dog, a Papillon who lived at the Hotel Walton in New York City and was by all accounts a fan of fast cars (and, from the looks of it, fast women). View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Doggie in the Window: 1937

Doggie in the Window: 1937

April 1937. Children playing in Washington, D.C. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Late in the Day: 1942

Late in the Day: 1942

Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. View full size. Alternate version here. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J. Marucci barbershop and the A. Peterman clothing store.

 

Bonjour, My Pet: 1910

Bonjour, My Pet: 1910

July/Aug. 9, 1910: The French actress Polaire, her little blind dog and the young man she provocatively called her "slave." Newspapers of the day were a bit more circumspect. The Washington Post of April 11, 1915: "Mlle. Polaire has been chief- ly remarkable for her tiny waist, her jewels, her black footman and her dashing originality in any role of life." Full size. G.G. Bain Collection. More here.

 

Biscuit Dog: 1916

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Biscuit Dog: 1916

"Collie's Special Delivery," 1916. Dog posed on toy wagon loaded with Uneeda Biscuit cartons. View full size. Photo by Dr. E.W. Smith, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Chain Gang: 1910

Chain Gang: 1910

Chain gang of convicts engaged in road work, Autumn 1910. Pitt County, North Carolina. The inmates are quartered in the wagons, which are equipped with bunks and move from place to place as labor is utilized. The central figure is J.Z. McLawhon, county superintendent of chain gangs. The dogs are bloodhounds used for running down any attempted escapes. View full size.

 

New York: 1943

New York: 1943

May 1943. "Woman and her dog in the Harlem section." Medium format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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