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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Boats & Bridges

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.

 

Harpers Ferry: 1865

Harpers Ferry: 1865

1865. "Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. View of Maryland Heights at confluence of Shenandoah and Potomac rivers." Wet plate glass negative (detail) by James Gardner. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Manhattan Bridge: 1909

Manhattan Bridge: 1909

March 23, 1909. Construction of the Manhattan Bridge as seen from Brooklyn. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

New York, New York: 1941

New York, New York: 1941

December 1941. "Lower Manhattan seen from the S.S. Coamo leaving New York." View full size. 35mm negative by Jack Delano. Office of War Information.

 

Easy Street: 1917

Easy Street: 1917

February 5, 1917. "Naval militia guard a New York bridge." View full size. 6x4 dry plate glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Zoom the posters.

 

U.S.S. Galena: 1862

U.S.S. Galena: 1862

1862. On the James River in Virginia. "Effect of Confederate shot on Federal ironclad Galena." Wet plate glass negative by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

At Ease: 1862

At Ease: 1862

July 9, 1862. "James River, Virginia. Sailors relaxing on deck of the U.S.S. Monitor." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1861-1865. View full size. Wet plate negative, left half of stereograph pair. Photograph by James F. Gibson.

 
 
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