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

Cats

Beware of Cat: 1938

Beware of Cat: 1938

September 1938. "Storefront in Altheimer, Arkansas." Lately I've been inspecting every new post for cats. I am pretty sure this has only the one. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Catillac: 1903

Catillac: 1903

Detroit circa 1903. "Foundry and machine shop, Leland & Faulconer Mfg. Co." With bearded proprietors Robert Faulconer (left) and Henry Leland standing at either end, and two shop mascots in the top row. In 1905 the company, which made car engines, merged with Cadillac Automobile Co. Some years after selling Cadillac to General Motors, Leland started the Lincoln Motor Co., which was eventually bought out by Ford. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Cat in the Kitchen: 1935

The Cat in the Kitchen: 1935

November 1935. Washington, D.C. "Kitchen in Negro home near Union Station." 35mm negative by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

People's Persons: 1924

People's Persons: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "People's Drug Store group, 11th & G Sts." Including one People's non-person. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

The Clay Menagerie: 1919

The Clay Menagerie: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Torpadie." The soprano Greta Torpadie and friends. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Broadcast Mews: 1938

Broadcast Mews: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Patrick Brennan, son of the Minister of Ireland, and Mrs. Brennan." Or something like that. One of a series of photographs depicting children of various diplomats speaking from their homes to a radio audience. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hattie and the Cat: 1925

Hattie and the Cat: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Mrs. Thaddeus Caraway and cat." The cat's accomplishments are lost to history, but Hattie Caraway went on to become a two-term U.S. Senator, the first woman ever elected to that office. View full size.

 
 
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