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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Boats & Bridges

Tecumseh: 1916

Tecumseh: 1916

September 1916. "U.S.S. Memphis sick brought home by hospital ship Solace." Soldiers and sailors on the government tug Tecumseh at Washington Navy Yard, about a week after the Navy cruiser Memphis was wrecked by a tidal wave off Santo Domingo. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

American Girl: 1922

American Girl: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Kay Laurell, 1922." The star of stage and screen, Kay (reclining) was "an American girl who leaped from stenographer to Queen of Bohemia in a night ... she appears in magazine illustrations, and in the new salon pictures -- also on butchers' calendars, soap ads, and so on." Five years after this photo was taken, Kay was dead of pneumonia at age 37. View full size.

 

Ways of Going: 1865

Ways of Going: 1865

Circa 1865. "City Point, Virginia. Railroad yard and transports." Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair. Studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 

Planter: 1865

Planter: 1865

Circa 1865. "City Point, Virginia (vicinity). Medical supply boat Planter at General Hospital wharf on the Appomattox." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Chrysler Building: 1932

Chrysler Building: 1932

Jan. 19, 1932. "View from Empire State Bldg. to Chrysler Building and Queensboro Bridge, low viewpoint." 5x7 negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

City Point Wharf: 1865

City Point Wharf: 1865

1865. "City Point, Virginia. Wharf, Federal artillery, and anchored schooners." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

HMS Adamant and British submarines, 1946

HMS Adamant and British submarines, 1946

HMS Adamant and British submarines in Fremantle Harbour in Western Australia, 1946. View full size.

 
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