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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

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It Pays to Flirt: 1918

It Pays to Flirt: 1918

Washington, D.C., April 1918. "Downtown construction." Excavation with a theatrical backdrop. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

High Street: 1910

High Street: 1910

Columbus, Ohio, circa 1910. "High Street, south from State." Where strollers have, among many available choices, a 3-cent lunchroom, the Imperial Tonsorial Parlor and Baths, "base ball scores received by innings" and swastika sporting goods. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

To Splitsville: 1925

To Splitsville: 1925

New York circa 1925. "McCall." Marion McCall Converse, the future ex-wife of Converse M. Converse, a society couple whose split came in a much-publicized divorce. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Star Vehicle: 1920

Star Vehicle: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Mack truck." As seen in the major motion picture "What's Your Hurry?," starring Wallce Reid as truck driver Dusty Rhoades. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Niagara Street: 1908

Niagara Street: 1908

Buffalo, New York, circa 1908. "Erie County Savings Bank, Niagara Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Olds Motor Works: 1908

Olds Motor Works: 1908

Lansing, Michigan, circa 1908. "Olds Motor Works." Home of your great-grandfather's Oldsmobile. Note the OLD MOTOR sign, missing its S. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Makely Motor: 1925

Makely Motor: 1925

January 1925. Fairfax County, Virginia. "Makely Motor Co., Falls Church." Our second look at this establishment shows a number of Model T Fords in the service garage. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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