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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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Beer Here: 1937

Beer Here: 1937

Sept. 1937. "Barber shop and pool hall. Berwyn, Maryland." Between rounds, you can get a haircut. Medium-format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Pablo Cafeteria: 1936

Pablo Cafeteria: 1936

St. Johns County, Florida, circa 1936. "Street Scenes, St. Augustine." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Ice Men: 1941

Ice Men: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Diners in Washington Hot Shoppes restaurant." An exciting night of ice skating awaits, or has just concluded. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Maryland Crab House: 1938

Maryland Crab House: 1938

July 1938. "House in Negro section of Baltimore, Maryland." Crabs and clams to go, please. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Ghost Jerk: 1909

Ghost Jerk: 1909

Detroit circa 1909. "Bertram Bros. drug store -- Detroit City Gas Co. light fixtures." Spectral clerks and a nice soda fountain are the featured attractions. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Americana: 1962

Americana: 1962

October 31, 1962. "Americana Hotel, 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City. Coffee shop II. Loew's Hotels. Morris Lapidus, Harle & Liebman architects." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Lobster Salad Sandwich: 1953

Lobster Salad Sandwich: 1953

Jan. 17, 1953. New York. "Schrafft's, New Chrysler Building. Interior IV." Highly developed example of a genre of eatery once known as "quick service lunch," now more generally called "fast food." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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