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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Boats & Bridges

Tenn Span: 1907

Tenn Span: 1907

1907. "County bridge, Tennessee River, Chattanooga." The Walnut Street Bridge, now a "linear park" for pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Future Fisherman: 1942

Future Fisherman: 1942

Sept. 1942. Gloucester, Mass. "A young boy, probably a fisherman of tomorrow, because many of the boys will follow their fathers as fishermen in the New England waters." Photo by Howard Liberman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Meet Me at Multnomah: 1918

Meet Me at Multnomah: 1918

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, circa 1918. "Kissel military Highway Scout Kar." The camouflage-painted car last seen here and here patrolling the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Water Slide: 1900

Water Slide: 1900

Sept. 15, 1900. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Launch of freighter Howard L. Shaw." Thrilling prequel to this image. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Après-Launch: 1900

Après-Launch: 1900

Sept. 15, 1900. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Freighter Howard L. Shaw in the slip." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

High Fiber: 1903

High Fiber: 1903

New Orleans circa 1903. "Cotton on the Mississippi River levee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Honolulu Clipper: 1939

Honolulu Clipper: 1939

Aug. 28, 1939. "Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. General Motors exhibit of GMC trucks with Pan American Airways Clipper Ship at Treasure Island. Bay Bridge in background." The Boeing 314 flying boat Honolulu Clipper. 8x10 Agfa negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 
 
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