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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

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Dogs to Go: 1923

Dogs to Go: 1923

San Francisco circa 1923. "Buick touring car at Victor's Dog." Not to be confused with Nipper, that other (RCA) Victor dog, and where's the bun? 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Midnight Snackers: 1943

Midnight Snackers: 1943

        "We'll have what she's having."

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Third-shift defense workers getting snack at drugstore on corner where their shared car will pick them up around midnight." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Circa 1930s. "Kewpee Hotels hamburger stand." This early fast-food chain ("Hamburg / Pickle on top / Makes your heart / Go flippity-flop") got its start in Michigan in the 1920s. Location and photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Dining at the Dunes: 1939

Dining at the Dunes: 1939

Sept. 20, 1939. "The Dunes Club, Narragansett, Rhode Island. Dining porch. Purves, Cope & Stewart, architect." Shorpy has a group rate for the second seating at 9. See you there? 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Pop Culture: 1943

Pop Culture: 1943

September 1943. "Columbus, Ohio. A Greyhound bus driver off duty." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bombay Bicycle Club: 1963

Bombay Bicycle Club: 1963

        "A little slow tonight, isn't it?"

Sept. 16, 1963. "Essex House, Central Park South, New York City. Bombay bar." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Cafe Society: 1943

Cafe Society: 1943

February 1943. "This image in a jacket marked 'Killed'." From photos taken in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, by John Collier for the OWI. View full size.

 
 
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