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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Boats & Bridges

None Shall Pass: 1924

None Shall Pass: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Rock Creek Park scenes. Girls on bridge. L-R: Katherine Wren, Norvell Munford, Mary Happer, Cecil Lester Jones, Jessie Adkins, Doris Wagner, Virginia Seldon, Mildred Crosby and Mary Seldon." View full size.

 

Heavy Lifting: 1910

Heavy Lifting: 1910

Circa 1910. "Brown electric hoist unloading freighter Constitution at Cleveland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Don't Mess With Texas

Don't Mess With Texas

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Texas discharging ammunition." The Navy battleship nicknamed "Old Hoodoo." 8x10 glass negative by Edward Hart. View full size.

 

Old Man River: 1910

Old Man River: 1910

The sternwheeler City St. Joseph on the Mississippi River circa 1910. "Unloading cotton on the levee. Memphis, Tennessee." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

River in the Raj: 1900s

River in the Raj: 1900s

        UPDATE: The location, supplied by Shorpy commenter Downtown Dave, is Madras Central Railway Station in India.

This uncaptioned 5x7 glass negative from the Detroit Publishing archive looks to be far afield from that company's usual stomping grounds. Where in the world are we? Let the crowdsource geolocation countdown commence! View full size.

 

A Row of Rowers: 1914

A Row of Rowers: 1914

June 1914. "Wisconsin varsity crew on the Hudson." Souvenir from the heyday of the Poughkeepsie Regatta. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Louisville Wharfboat: 1905

Louisville Wharfboat: 1905

Circa 1905. "Ohio River levee at Louisville, Kentucky." Note the "U.S. Life Saving Station." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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