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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

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See Grand Caverns: 1930

See Grand Caverns: 1930

Circa 1930. "Vice President Curtis at Capitol with steam car." Which, as evidenced by the news item below, encountered a bit of trouble during its stop in Washington. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

Auto Locomotive Leads to Arrest

Man to Be Tried for Using Car
For Advertising Railroad.

The Washington Post -- May 17, 1930

        Albert E. Lentz, of 501 Twelfth street northwest, will be tried in Police Court next Thursday on charges of using a motor vehicle for advertising purposes and of driving an automobile with view obstructed.
        The latter charge was placed against the man after traffic officials had inspected the vehicle, a locomotive on an automobile chassis, at the Traffic Bureau. The vehicle, which is used to advertise the Norfolk & Western Railway and the Grand Caverns of the Shenandoah Valley, was driven to the Police Court Building and was inspected by Judge Isaac R. Hitt before the case was continued.
        Lentz was arrested yesterday morning on Madison Place Northwest by Sergt. Milton D. Smith and Policeman J.R. LeFoe, both of the Traffic Bureau.

 

Crafty Kids: 1930

Crafty Kids: 1930

Circa 1930. "No caption (President Hoover with boys and girls at White House)." Who can help us fill in the blanks? National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Chase the Chills: 1920

Chase the Chills: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Pittsburg Water Heater Co." You'll come for the hot water but stay for the giant washing machine. 8x6 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Apparatus: 1923

The Apparatus: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Unidentified ramp on field" is all it says here. Who can help us categorize this cryptic contraption? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Fight or Starve: 1925

Fight or Starve: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Protesters" is all it says on the caption card for this National Photo glass negative showing what seems to be a meeting of the "Communist Party Young Communist League." View full size.

 

Our Staff: 1924

Our Staff: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Miss Davis." Demonstrating just how easy it is to work one of these things. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Snow Going: 1925

Snow Going: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Snow removal -- Ford tractor." A teaspoon at a time. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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