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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Industry & Public Works

Earth Colony: 1942

Earth Colony: 1942

November 1942. "Phillips gasoline plant. Borger, Texas. Storage tanks." Medium-format negative by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Guinea Pig: 1937

Guinea Pig: 1937

July 10, 1937. "Testing cosmetics. The Department of Agriculture is making tests every day in order to get cosmetics under the Pure Food and Drug Act. Mrs. C.W. West, seated, is helping Mrs. R. Goodman make a test on cold cream and other facial creams." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Diamond Alkali: 1950ish

Diamond Alkali: 1950ish

Every photo needs a caption, please. View full size.

City Gas: 1917

City Gas: 1917

"Gas tank at 26th & G." The city gas house and holding tanks ("gasometers") in Northwest Washington near the current location of the Watergate complex. The intersection in the photo (seen earlier here) is New Hampshire (middle left) and Virginia avenues. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gaslight: 1917

Gaslight: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Washington Gas Light holders at 26th and G streets N.W." These relics of the gaslight era ("two of Washington's biggest stinkers") were scrapped around 1947. Just about every city of any size in the latter half of the 19th century had its "gashouse district" -- a rough neighborhood dominated by smelly holding tanks for the municipal gas plant, where coal was gasified to make "city gas" (generally either "coal gas" or "water gas," depending on the process) for illumination. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Heavy Lifting: 1942

Heavy Lifting: 1942

June 1942. "Construction at Douglas Dam, Tennessee Valley Authority." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Can anyone identify this dam? This photo is one of a trio purchased in northern California. I get dizzy just looking at the staircases clinging to the side of the cliff on the right. View full size.

 
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