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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Boats & Bridges

Brooklyn Bridge: 1910

Brooklyn Bridge: 1910

The Brooklyn Bridge circa 1910. View full size. Detroit Publishing Co.

 

Williamsburg Bridge: 1903

Williamsburg Bridge: 1903

Williamsburg Bridge, New York, c 1903-1910. View full size. Detroit Publishing.

 

Nashville: 1864

Nashville: 1864

Fortified railroad bridge across the Cumberland River at Nashville, 1864. "Continuing his policy of the offensive at any cost, Gen. John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Gen. George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on this photograph is correct, it was taken in the course of the battle." View full size. Wet collodion glass stereograph by George N. Barnard.

 

Uncle Charlie: 1949

Uncle Charlie: 1949

My dad's brother Charlie on a 1949 cruise to the Bahamas in the sailboat they built. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome by Marvin Hall.

 

Washington Varsity: 1913

Washington Varsity: 1913

June 1913. Poughkeepsie, New York. "Washington Varsity 8." View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. So why do some of the rowers in these pictures (above, and also two men here) have bandaged abs ... chafing from where the oars hit? Intra-crew knife fights?

 

Syracuse Boathouse: 1914

Syracuse Boathouse: 1914

1914. "Syracuse Varsity crew team at boathouse." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Penn Varsity: 1914

Penn Varsity: 1914

Summer 1914. "Penn varsity crew team in Poughkeepsie." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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