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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

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The Ford Store: 1926

The Ford Store: 1926

Washington, D.C., in 1926. "Robey Motor Co. -- 1429 L Street." As long as we're downtown, let's pick up a tractor. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Birdhouse Boys: 1921

Birdhouse Boys: 1921

January 20, 1921. Washington, D.C. "American Forestry Association bird house contest." Back when ornithology was something a boy picked up on the streets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

REO Speed Wagon: 1922

REO Speed Wagon: 1922

January 1922. "Three REO 'speed wagons' delivered by Trew Motor Co. to the D.C. Police Department for patrols." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Equipped by Kogod-Dubb: 1935

Equipped by Kogod-Dubb: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "D.G.S. Store and other vendors at trade exhibi­tion." 8x10 inch acetate negative, National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Candid Camera: 1920

Candid Camera: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Mary Claphet, Irene & Ella Sherer, Mary Facenire." Transcribed with a "[?]" after each somewhat illegible name. Yes, ladies, you are on the INTERNETS. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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