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

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Youngstown: 1902

Youngstown: 1902

Circa 1902. "Youngstown, Ohio. Steel mill and Mahoning River." 8x10 inch silver gelatin glass transparency, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mail Equipment Shops: 1915

Mail Equipment Shops: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Post Office Department." The Mail Equipment Shops last glimpsed here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Bottle Boy: 1909

Bottle Boy: 1909

November 1909. Wheaton Glass Works, Millville, N.J. "Day scene in New Jersey Glass House. Boy is Howard ____, 15 years old but has been in the glass works for two years, and has worked some at night." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Model 47: 1928

Model 47: 1928

Philadelphia circa 1928. "Atwater Kent Factory for T.R. Shipp." Assembling the Atwater Kent Model 47, back when radios were the iPad of their day. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Catillac: 1903

Catillac: 1903

Detroit circa 1903. "Foundry and machine shop, Leland & Faulconer Mfg. Co." With bearded proprietors Robert Faulconer (left) and Henry Leland standing at either end, and two shop mascots in the top row. In 1905 the company, which made car engines, merged with Cadillac Automobile Co. Some years after selling Cadillac to General Motors, Leland started the Lincoln Motor Co., which was eventually bought out by Ford. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Flour City: 1904

Flour City: 1904

Rochester, New York, circa 1904. "Driving Park Avenue bridge and falls on Genesee River." And one of the flour mills that gave Rochester its nickname. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Working Girls: 1902

Working Girls: 1902

Dayton, Ohio, circa 1902. "Indicator department, National Cash Register Co." Our second glimpse this month at the inner workings of National Cash Register. 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 
 
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