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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

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Hine Junior High: 1925

Hine Junior High: 1925

February 19, 1925. Washington, D.C. The Hine Junior High School girls' basketball team. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Bridge Wreck: 1925

Bridge Wreck: 1925

June 17, 1925. "Klingle Ford Bridge wreck" in Washington, D.C., just off (and under) Connecticut Avenue. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size. Who can identify the car?

 

Billy Mitchell: 1923

Billy Mitchell: 1923

September 25, 1923. Brigadier General William Mitchell in Washington, D.C. An important figure in the development of military aviation, "Billy" Mitchell is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. His criticism of Army and Navy leaders after the crash of the airship Shenandoah in 1925 led to a court-martial and subsequent resignation. When it came to clothes, cars and horses, he was a connoisseur of the good life. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Harriet and Tommy: 1926

Harriet and Tommy: 1926

January 2, 1926. Tommy Leiter and Harriet Mitchell, daughter of Gen. Billy Mitchell. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection.

 

iPod 1.0

iPod 1.0

"Amplifiers at Bolling Field, 1921." Two giant horns with ear tubes, evidently designed to listen for approaching aircraft. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Propellerheads: 1925

Propellerheads: 1925

Feb. 20, 1925. Rep. P.B. O' Sullivan, Gen. Billy Mitchell and Maj. Henry B. Clagett with biplane ("Plover") at Bolling Field. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Gallaudet Basketball: 1924

Gallaudet Basketball: 1924

"Boatwright, Gallaudet '24," taken that year at the venerable Washington, D.C., college for the deaf. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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