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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Mystery Coach: 1910

Mystery Coach: 1910

From around 1910 comes this 5x7 glass negative showing a rail car fitted with ... what? Post your informed supposition in the comments. View full size.

 

Well-Connected: 1935

Well-Connected: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "Woman at Western Electric telephone switchboard." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Democracy's Dashboard: 1934

Democracy's Dashboard: 1934

June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. House chamber." Note the electro-mechanical tally board, and voting controls decorated with medallions of Abraham Lincoln. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

On the Radar: 1952

On the Radar: 1952

September 1952. "Man in an airport control tower looking at radar screen." From photos by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "International Airport." Who'll be first to locate this anonymous airfield? View full size.

 

Facts on File: 1942

Facts on File: 1942

June 1942. "United States Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control. Washington, D.C." Analog records at your fingertips. Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Greased Lightning: 1924

Greased Lightning: 1924

        Our second look at this locomotive, whose cylindrical design echoes the shape of its steam-boiler brethren even though it's entirely electric.

June 1924. Washington, D.C. "Largest and most powerful electric locomotive in the world being exhibited by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway and the General Electric Co." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mightiest Electric: 1924

Mightiest Electric: 1924

June 1924. Washington, D.C. "Largest and most powerful electric locomotive in the world being exhibited by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway and the General Electric Co." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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