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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Boats & Bridges

Man and the Sea: 1942

Man and the Sea: 1942

A Portuguese dory fisherman rows his boat out at 4:30 a.m. leave for the banks off Cape Cod. Photograph by John Collier, 1942. View full size.

 

Belle Isle: 1865

Belle Isle: 1865

Spring 1865. Belle Isle railroad bridge from the south bank of the James River after the fall of Richmond. View full size. Glass plate negative from the Civil War collection compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge.

 

Potomac Rowers: 1921

Potomac Rowers: 1921

"Potomac Boat Club Sema [?] Sig," 1921, with the Key Bridge under construction in the background. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Ruby, Alaska: 1915

Ruby, Alaska: 1915

Stern-wheelers Louise and Delta on the Yukon River circa 1915 at the Gold Rush supply center of Ruby, Alaska, which at its peak was home to some 3,000 people. A fire in 1929 and flood two years later obliterated much of the town, which today has fewer than 200 residents. View full size. Lomen Bros. photo.

 

Island Queen: 1907

Island Queen: 1907

The Coney Island Co. side-wheeler Island Queen passing beneath the Roebling Suspension Bridge on the Ohio River between Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati in 1907. View full size. Detroit Publishing Co.

 

On Wisconsin: 1909

On Wisconsin: 1909

Wisconsin crew team in shell. June 29, 1909. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Wilson Dam: 1942

Wilson Dam: 1942

June 1942. Excursion steamer Gordon C. Green of Cincinnati approaching the TVA's Wilson Dam in Alabama. View full size. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein.

 
 
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