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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Boats & Bridges

U.S.S. Onondaga: 1864

U.S.S. Onondaga: 1864

1864. "James River, Virginia. Double-turreted monitor U.S.S. Onondaga; soldiers in rowboat." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1861-1865. View full size.

 

Evacuation: 1864

Evacuation: 1864

May 30, 1864. "Port Royal, Virginia. The Rappahannock River front during the evacuation." Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war, Grant's Wilderness Campaign. Wet plate negative by Timothy O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Old New York: 1913

Old New York: 1913

Summer 1913. "Bird's eye view of N.Y.C. from roof of Consolidated Gas Building." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Boston Bridges: 1904

Boston Bridges: 1904

"Tower bridges, Fort Point Channel, Boston, 1904." Spans for Northern Avenue, Congress Street and Summer Street. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Tashmoo at the Dock: 1900

Tashmoo at the Dock: 1900

"Tashmoo at the dock, Star Island House, St. Clair Flats," c. 1900-1901. The Detroit River excursion steamer SS Tashmoo, a sidewheeler, stopped at Tashmoo Park on the St. Clair Flats on trips between Detroit and Port Huron. A high point in the boat's eventful 36-year life was the night in 1927 that she broke free of her moorings in a winter storm and headed downriver on her own. Her end came in 1936, when she hit a submerged rock and sank. View full size.

 

America: 1900

America: 1900

"America, Mississippi riverboat, circa 1900-1910." Note the group of convicts in prison stripes. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Charlevoix: 1900

Charlevoix: 1900

"Harbor entrance and light house, Charlevoix, Michigan," circa 1900. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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