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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NAVY NEEDS YOU IN THE WAVES

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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.

U.S. Subs in Fremantle 1946

U.S. Subs in Fremantle 1946

U.S. submarines with mother ship, Fremantle Harbour (Western Australia), 1946. View full size

Bridge in Progress: 1908

Bridge in Progress: 1908

New York, July 15, 1908. "Temporary footpath, Manhattan Bridge." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

U.S.S. Franklin: 1916

U.S.S. Franklin: 1916

1916. "U.S.S. Franklin, used as training ship. Admiral Farragut's flagship." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Nine Lives: 1910

Nine Lives: 1910

October 1910, aboard the steamship Trent off Bermuda. "M. Vaniman and cat." Melvin Vaniman, first engineer aboard the hydrogen airship America, with the tabby cat mascot of their ill-fated attempt at the first air crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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