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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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Scouting Outing: 1917

Scouting Outing: 1917

"Boy Scouts as Bond Workers." June 4, 1917, across the street from Voss & Stern in New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Traffic Squad Parade: 1908

Traffic Squad Parade: 1908

Traffic Squad Parade, November 5, 1908. Mayor George McClellan alighting from auto on the plaza at Union Square. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. "Max" McClellan, New York mayor from 1904 to 1909, was the son of Civil War general George B. McClellan.

 

Lincoln: 1942

Lincoln: 1942

Lincoln, Nebraska. 1942. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.

 

The Virtual Buick: 1953

The Virtual Buick: 1953

1954 Buick "Roadmaster" in a 1953 photograph taken as a study for painted illustrations in advertising, sales brochures, etc. View full size.

 

Hawaii Six-O

Hawaii Six-O

From 1960, another view of the Kilauea eruption near Kapoho. Building at left is the F. Nakamura Store. 35mm Ektachrome transparency. View full size.

 

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall ...

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall ...

Today we continue documenting the annual vacation odysseys of the Red Chevy family from Great Falls with a 35mm Kodachrome titled: "Great Divide at Kicking Horse Pass, Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada. July 18, 1961." I found these on eBay — picture after picture of the family car, a 1960 Chevrolet, every summer from 1960 to 1964. More below, including the actual kids. View full size.

 

New Oldses: 1951

New Oldses: 1951

"1951 Oldsmobile final assembly." View full size. Ex General Motors archives.

 
 
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