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Vintage photos of:
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.
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.