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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

Boats & Bridges

The Yacht Club: 1906

The Yacht Club: 1906

Circa 1906. "Boston Yacht Club -- Marblehead, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pocahontas: 1907

Pocahontas: 1907

Newport News, Virginia, circa 1907. "C.&O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) piers. Sidewheeler ferry Pocahontas." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Two Misses in Memphis: 1906

Two Misses in Memphis: 1906

Memphis circa 1906. "A Mississippi River landing." The sidewheeler Belle of the Bends taking on cargo alongside the sternwheeler Belle of Calhoun. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

World Cruise: 1943

World Cruise: 1943

        Among the more than 50 attractions to be found at Glen Echo Park, the free admission amusement park and recreational center located at Glen Echo, Maryland, is the magnificent World Cruise Water Ride. Embarking at the entrance in boats seating six passengers, one is transported over a waterway to magnificent scenic views of the capitals of the world. Glen Echo Park is open each year from early April to the middle of September and is easily reached by De Luxe Capital Transit street cars, or Conduit Road auto highway, or auto straight out Massachusetts Avenue. Devoid of any objectionable features, Glen Echo Park is one of the points of interest of the National Capital.         -- Postcard text, 1941

July 1943. Montgomery County, Maryland. "World Cruise at Glen Echo Park." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

On the Waterfront: 1905

On the Waterfront: 1905

The East River circa 1905. "Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Long Train Running: 1900

Long Train Running: 1900

Circa 1900. "Steel viaduct over Des Moines River, Iowa -- Chicago & North Western Railway." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Splashdown: 1905

Splashdown: 1905

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1905. "Shoot-the-Chutes ride at Luna Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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