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Vintage photos of:
New York, 1909. "Greek Festival -- Gladys Mumford, Mary Meyers, Susan Dresser, Elise Holmes, Mary French, Alice Richard, Gladys Robbins." The theme here is classical antiquity, although Miss Holmes betrays a certain Cubist insouciance. 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.
Washington, D.C., ca. 1900s. "Flatmouth, Chief, group." Chief Flatmouth, the formidable-looking gent seated at right, is wearing a medal that reads REDMEN'S CONVENTION, WALKER MINN., Aug. 12th 1901. The bald fellow and the Chief's lieutenants await identification. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.
November 1933. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. "Beulah Ogle preparing warp for weaving at the Pi Beta Phi School. She is a new weaver at the school and lives on a mountain farm." Another example of Lewis Hine's post-newsie oeuvre. Large format nitrate negative, National Archives. View full size.