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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Boats & Bridges

Port Huron: 1900

Port Huron: 1900

Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1900. "General view east from Post Office." The signs are everywhere in this bird's eye view of the business district. View full size.

 

Rock and Roll: 1905

Rock and Roll: 1905

Florida circa 1905. "Palm Beach Hotel." Offering various modes of transport, including chairs that rock and ones that roll. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Off Course: 1942

Off Course: 1942

Circa 1942. "U.S. Navy -- inflatable raft." Just add water. View full size.

 

Ore Hoists: 1900

Ore  Hoists: 1900

Lake Erie circa 1900. "Unloading ore at Conneaut, Ohio. Brown conveying hoists." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Royal Gorge: 1900

Royal Gorge: 1900

Colorado circa 1900. "In the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Rio Grande Southern Railway." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Super Carrier Christmas: 1957

Super Carrier Christmas: 1957

"Christmas 1957" is the label on this slide from the Kermy and Janet Kodachromes, taken at their house in Baltimore. Gifts include a Revell model aircraft carrier and something called the Shopping Center Game. View full size.

The Fortune: 1905

The Fortune: 1905

Circa 1905. "St. Mary's Canal celebration -- excursion steamer Fortune in Weitzel Lock, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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