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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Boats & Bridges

Propellers, Etc.: 1925

Propellers, Etc.: 1925

1925. "Western Marine & Salvage Co., Alexandria, Va." Just the place to pick up a salty winch or crusty capstan. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Colossus of Pike Street: 1936

Colossus of Pike Street: 1936

March 6, 1936. "Looking down Pike Street toward the Manhattan Bridge, street half in shadow, rubble in gutters, some traffic." 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project. View full size.

 

Boblo Island Steamers: 1901

Boblo Island Steamers: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Windsor ferry dock, Woodward Avenue. Steamers to Bois Blanc Island (Boblo Island), Ontario." We're signed up for the 3:30 excursion, but only if Zickel's Orchestra is playing. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Pier 23: 1925

Pier 23: 1925

1925. "REO coupe overlooking San Francisco Bay, Embarcadero piers and Yerba Buena Island." Plus an unintentional shadow-selfie. 5x7 glass negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

The Drifter: 1912

The Drifter: 1912

Northern California circa 1912. "Boating on the Russian River at Healdsburg." 6x8 inch glass negative by Howard Clinton Tibbitts. View full size.

 

Palm Gardens: 1912

Palm Gardens: 1912

Miami circa 1912. "Car'Dale Tower and landing, head of navigation, Miami River." At left, the Musa Isle Fruit Farm, also known as Richardson Grove. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

From circa 1950s Columbus, Georgia, comes this uncaptioned News Archive negative of a young man and his dugout, evidently crafted in the basement. Ready to open that spigot and float off to points unknown. View full size.

 
 
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