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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Boats & Bridges

Smoke on the Water: 1912

Smoke on the Water: 1912

June 3, 1912. " Hampton Roads, Virginia. German squadron visit to U.S." Details of the port call here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Kaiser Comes Calling: 1912

The Kaiser Comes Calling: 1912

1912. "German port call. U.S. battleship in Hampton Roads to greet German squadron." Harris & Ewing Co. glass negative. View full size | More here.

 

Hell Gate: 1915

Hell Gate: 1915

"Hell Gate Bridge (New York Connecting Railroad Bridge)," circa 1915. This steel arch span over the East River was completed in 1916. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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