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

Boats & Bridges

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.

 

Titans of Industry: 1908

Titans of Industry: 1908

Circa 1908. "Hulett machine unloading ore at Buffalo, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Poughkeepsie Panorama: 1908

Poughkeepsie Panorama: 1908

The Hudson River circa 1908. "Steamer landings, Poughkeepsie, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Battleship: 1940

Battleship: 1940

Circa 1940, somewhere on the high seas. "Boxing match in progress on the deck of New Zealand troopship Dominion Monarch, carrying 2nd Echelon 4th Reinforcements to the United Kingdom. Probably Empress of Russia seen sailing in the background." View full size.

 

A Room With a View: 1942

A Room With a View: 1942

November 1942. "Babies' Hospital, New York. The welfare of this young patient, suffering from burns, is aided by having his bed placed near a window where he can watch the boats pass by. Nurses learn the importance of ministering the comforts of their patients in promoting recovery." Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Busy River: 1904

Busy River: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn." The new span over the East River. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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