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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

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Fifteenth Street: 1918

Fifteenth Street: 1918

Washington, D.C., in 1918. "Fifteenth Street." Motoring past the Treasury Building with chains on. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cadillac Square: 1916

Cadillac Square: 1916

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1916. "Hotel Pontchartrain and Cadillac Square from City Hall." Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size. Earlier views of the hotel: Circa 1907, minus the upper floors, and 1910, minus most of the cars.

 

Left on White: 1926

Left on White: 1926

January 5, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Traffic Director Eldridge inspecting new lights." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Auto Zone: 1921

The Auto Zone: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Lee Tire Sales Co., exterior." A clutch of transport-related businesses on 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Milk Squad: 1921

Milk Squad: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Walker Hill Dairy." And a milk truck that's been around the block a few times. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

White Line: 1924

White Line: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Continental White Line bus." Who can pinpoint the location here? National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Out of the Past: 1957

Out of the Past: 1957

For 50 years I was completely unaware of the existence of this 1957 photo of me, my grandmother, mother and father until a chance event unearthed it in Italy two years ago. My brother and sister, visiting our father and grandmother's home town of Murialdo, near Genoa, mentioned my grandmother's maiden name to some townspeople, one of whom said, "Oh, maybe that's Luigi. He's usually having coffee down at the trattoria about now." Turns out that Luigi was my grandmother's grandnephew, and he had a cache of photos she'd been sending to the old country since the 1920s. This was one of them. Last year, Luigi's son and daughter-in-law visited us on their honeymoon trip to the States. Shot was taken in Calpella, California. Special guest star: our 1956 Rambler. Scanned from a digital copy of a Kodacolor print. View full size.

 
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