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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

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Officer Snodgrass: 1929

Officer Snodgrass: 1929

Officer Snodgrass of the White House police force holds a captured opossum that strayed onto White House grounds, May 6, 1929. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

Raleigh Haberdasher: 1925

Raleigh Haberdasher: 1925

The display window of Raleigh Haberdasher in Washington, D.C., c. 1925. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size

 

Nathaniel Dial Children: 1922

Nathaniel Dial Children: 1922

The children of U.S. Senator Nathaniel Dial, May 27. 1922. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

Home Movies: 1922

Home Movies: 1922

November 13, 1922. Mrs. Ed B. McLean and children. View full size. National Photo Company Collection. Who can identify the camera for us?

 

Swingers: 1923

Swingers: 1923

May 4, 1923. "Mrs. Virginia Riter, Mrs. E.M. Allison, Mrs. Helen Rutan." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Potomac Rowers: 1921

Potomac Rowers: 1921

"Potomac Boat Club Sema [?] Sig," 1921, with the Key Bridge under construction in the background. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Waiting for President Harding: 1922

Waiting for President Harding: 1922

Little Miss Tarkington, the daughter of Mrs. W. Tarkington Jr., sits on the steps of the White House patiently waiting to snap a picture of President Warren G. Harding on June 29, 1922. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 
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