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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Jack's Sandwich Shop: 1941

Jack's Sandwich Shop: 1941

        UPDATE: Restaurant ID courtesy of Sagitta.

San Francisco circa 1941. "Restaurant counter." And another shot of the Buckley Music System "Music Box." (Selection No. 1: "Three at a Table for Two" by Dick Todd.) 8x10 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Cement Ponds: 1940

Cement Ponds: 1940

September 1940. "Settling tanks in waterworks. Washington, D.C." Medium format negative by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 

Men With a Horn: 1922

Men With a Horn: 1922

New York circa 1922. "Paul Specht band." Last seen at the Astor Roof Garden, and now in the recording studio also seen here. Note arrangement of the scores around the acoustic recording horn. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Cone of Loudness: 1922

Cone of Loudness: 1922

October 1922. New York. "Kopp" is all it says on this glass negative depicting a pair of kettledrums next to what might be a speaker horn or a mega-microphone. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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