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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Boats & Bridges

Crossing Guard: 1943

Crossing Guard: 1943

March 1943. "Topock, Arizona (vicinity). Military sentry stationed at a bridge over the Colorado River along the Santa Fe Railroad between Seligman, Arizona, and Needles, California." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Swim Class: 1905

Swim Class: 1905

Florida circa 1905. "Surf bathing at Palm Beach." No ocean was ever a prettier shade of gray. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

River City: 1901

River City: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharf." No loafing allowed! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Gangway for Andy: 1900

Gangway for Andy: 1900

Chicago circa 1900. "12th Street bascule bridge." Andy about to overtake A.B. Ward on the Chicago River. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Heavy Lifting: 1906

Heavy Lifting: 1906

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1906. "Loading a phosphate schooner." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tractor Pull: 1920

Tractor Pull: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Army car at Connecticut Avenue Bridge." Another view of the modified Model T last seen here under review. Note the repurposed New York license plate with U.S. ARMY ORD(NANCE) DEPT painted on the back. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

T Rex: 1920

T Rex: 1920

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Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Army car at Connecticut Avenue Bridge." A sort of Model T on steroids. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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