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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

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Fox News: 1919

Fox News: 1919

News item: "A photograph of the fox and its capture in the 'fox hunt' staged in the Capitol grounds Monday, in which more than a score of persons aided the Capitol police force to run the brown animal in. George M. Green, foreman of the garage of the Adjutant General's office, who was passing the Capitol on a motorcycle, won all the honors when he succeeded in capturing the fox. It was discovered that the fox wore a leather collar, indicating that he is domesticated." (Washington Times, Dec. 23-24, 1919.) National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Bootleg Booze: 1922

Bootleg Booze: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Confiscated still -- 10/6/22." Our second look in as many days at Prohibition-era contraband. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Still of the Day: 1922

Still of the Day: 1922

November 11, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Still." Back-alley Mason jar hooch in the early years of Prohibition. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

That's Entertainment: 1927

That's Entertainment: 1927

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1927. "Auto campers." One day, kid, your car will have a built-in phonograph. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921

Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921

        Evidently a haunt of John Quincy Adams in the 1820s, "the old house" on F Street was transformed into an office building in 1885 by innkeeper Caleb Willard, who employed the latest fireproofing ideas while managing to preserve "the old wall in the room where Mr. Adams used to sit in his chair and gaze upon the Capitol."

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Adams Iron Building, F Street." Its ferrous nature echoed in the Sidewalk of Many Manholes. 8x6 glass negative. View full size.

 

Apres Deluge: 1923

Apres Deluge: 1923

Washington, D.C. "Flood, April 30, 1923." The same as this image but without the horses. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

EH in Love: 1923

EH in Love: 1923

Washington, D.C. "Flood, April 30, 1923." Also some 91-year-old graffiti: "EH L TD." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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