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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Boats & Bridges

Ancients and Honorables: 1903

Ancients and Honorables: 1903

Boston circa 1903. "London Ancients and Honorables leaving Rowe's wharf on steamer Nantasket for harbor trip." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Wave Riders: 1903

Wave Riders: 1903

Asbury Park, New Jersey, circa 1903. "Landing through the surf." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Chili in Cleveland: 1905

Chili in Cleveland: 1905

Lake Erie circa 1905. "Freighters Chili & Wm. Castle Rhodes at Cleveland." After half a century of service that included a number of sinkings, groundings and collisions, the Chili (renamed the Sarnian in 1913) was scrapped in 1944. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Levee: 1908

The Levee: 1908

        The sternwheelers Graham, Harry Lee and James Lee.

Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1908. "Mississippi River levee from the ferry." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Inner Harbor: 1906

Inner Harbor: 1906

1906. "Boston, Massachusetts, from East Boston across Inner Harbor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

INSPECTION: 1936

INSPECTION: 1936

May 22, 1936. "Warehouse district, Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn, looking west under Brooklyn Bridge to Lower Manhattan." 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project. View full size.

 

Cobb Cottage: 1900

Cobb Cottage: 1900

Circa 1900. "Nathan Cobb house, a summer cottage, Ormond, Fla." A residence built from materials salvaged from the wrecked schooner Nathan F. Cobb, which capsized and ran aground off Ormond Beach in 1896. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 
 
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