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

Boats & Bridges

Shipshape: 1917

Shipshape: 1917

New York, 1917. "Washday on landship Recruit." Sailors doing their laundry on the Navy's pretend battleship moored at Union Square, used for recruiting during World War I. In back is the Automatic Vaudeville penny arcade, two of whose backers -- Marcus Loew and Adolph Zukor -- went on to found Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer and Paramount Pictures after a few years in the nickelodeon business. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Canoe Rental: 1925

Canoe Rental: 1925

"Yocum canoe house, Arlington Beach Park, Virginia, 1925." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Mascots: 1917

Mascots: 1917

New York, 1917. "Mascots aboard Recruit." Furry/feathery companions for sailors on the "landship" in Union Square. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Men Overboard: 1917

Men Overboard: 1917

New York, 1917. "Aboard the Recruit." Our first glimpse of life on the "landship" U.S.S. Recruit, a wooden destroyer set up in Union Square as a Navy recruiting station. For our marooned sailors there was a phonograph, dancing and a pet goat. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Landship Recruit: 1917

Landship Recruit: 1917

New York, 1917. "Landship Recruit on Union Square." The U.S.S. Recruit, a wooden battleship erected by the Navy, served as a World War I recruiting station at Union Square from 1917 to 1920, when it "set sail" for Coney Island. This is the first in a series of photographs depicting life around and aboard the landlocked boat. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Tygart Valley Span: 1938

Tygart Valley Span: 1938

September 1938. "Construction of new bridge, Tygart Valley Homesteads, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott.

 

Central High Shell: 1927

Central High Shell: 1927

Washington, D.C. Central High shell crew on the Potomac at the Key Bridge in 1927. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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