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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

American Lit: 1920

American Lit: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Congressional Library power plant." 8x6 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Daily Fiber: 1942

Daily Fiber: 1942

September 1942. "Substitute materials -- something new in apple containers. To replace nail-bound wooden boxes, a fiber carton has been developed." An innovation known today as the cardboard box. Medium format nitrate negative by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Western Electric: 1917

Western Electric: 1917

Oakland circa 1917. "Western Electric Co. -- looking east toward Pacific Tel." For more than a century, the company was the manufacturing arm of Bell Telephone. 8x6 glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co. View full size.

 

The $64 Washer: 1941

The $64 Washer: 1941

        Its big 8-sheet porcelain tub is insulated to keep water warm! Streamlined 8-position wringer with soft balloon rolls has chromium pressure controls; push-pull safety release; roll-stop safety dry feed rest and automatic water-return board.

October 1941. "Washer for sale. Sears Roebuck store at Syracuse, New York." Medium format negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Talking Machines: 1914

Talking Machines: 1914

Richmond, California, 1914. "Victor Talking Machine display. Hawley Piano Co., Macdonald Avenue." With Nipper headlining a list of the latest platters. 8x6 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Welcome Jeremiah: 1947

Welcome Jeremiah: 1947

New York, 1947. "On the set -- Borden Show broadcast." Back when telephones and televisions had dials, and shows were often named for the sponsor. 4x5 acetate negative from the Publicity Department Archive. View full size.

 

The Sportables: 1960

The Sportables: 1960

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1960. "Portable TV." RCA Victor "Sportable" TVs, the Research Department informs us. The set so light, you can lift it with three hands! 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 
 
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