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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

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Chinese Tuxedo: 1901

Chinese Tuxedo: 1901

Circa 1901, continuing our tour of New York. "Doyers Street, Chinatown." A wholesome neighborhood where milk can be purchased "by the glass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cafe Kelly: 1936

Cafe Kelly: 1936

March 1936. Edwards, Mississippi. "Main street storefronts." Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Sun Coffee Shop: 1935

Sun Coffee Shop: 1935

December 1935. "New Orleans, downtown street." North Front at Canal. Nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Dime Store Interior: 1956

Dime Store Interior: 1956

This is the interior of an SS Kresge Dime Store in Park Forest, Illinois. I am up front, then mother, brother George, Dad, and his mother. Granddad is taking the picture, a 35mm Kodachrome slide. There sure is a lot of counter clutter. View full size.

Oyster Alley: 1922

Oyster Alley: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Wearley's front." Exterior of the oyster bar seen in the previous post. This stretch of 12th Street N.W. seems to have been something of a seafood hot spot. At the right we see a sliver of the enormous Raleigh Hotel. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Krusty Krab: 1922

The Krusty Krab: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Wearley's Oyster House, 12th Street." With toothsome fare priced for every purse (Plain Clam Stew 40¢; Milk Clam Stew 45¢). Please Do Not Touch the Turtle. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Nuovo Orleans: 1906

Nuovo Orleans: 1906

New Orleans circa 1906. "Italian headquarters, Madison Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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