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

Miss Jennie Quigley

Miss Jennie Quigley

Miss Jennie Quigley, 19 years old. Height 28 inches; weight 32 lbs. Photographer Hughes & Co., St. Louis.

Another "Bathing Beauties" Image!

Another "Bathing Beauties" Image!

Here is another image from the album I purchased. I can only imagine how itchy and hot their wool bathing suits were to wear on the sunny beach at Atlantic City. Note: I "assume" this is Atlantic City. Does anybody have any information regarding the "Globe" (theatre?) sign in the back ground to substantiate this being Atlantic City?

Bathing Beauty!

Bathing Beauty!

Another image from the old family album I purchased years ago in Portsmouth, Ohio (for only $2.00 - What a deal AND a steal!), this "bathing beauty" is one of a few images in the album illustrating of a group of friends in Atlantic City!

Anna Q. Nilsson, Silent Film Star

Anna Q. Nilsson, Silent Film Star

Anna Quirentia Nilsson (1888–1974), a Swedish born actress who achieved great success in American silent movies. View full size.

Erie Railroad Triplex

Erie Railroad Triplex

Matt H. Shay, a rare triplex mallet type locomotive. Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works, Eddystone, PA, in 1914. Used for drag freight and pusher service over a short section of Erie's main line in northern Pennsylvania. When built she was the largest locomotive in the world, needless to say... View full size.

Near Tumbling Run, Pennsylvania

Near Tumbling Run, Pennsylvania

Tumbling Run, Shenandoah Area, circa 1910. Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Sign of the Older Times

Sign of the Older Times

Taken in Great Lakes, Illinois, circa 1915.

 
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