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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Our Staff: 1924

Our Staff: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Miss Davis." Demonstrating just how easy it is to work one of these things. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Odd Man Out: 1942

Odd Man Out: 1942

March 13, 1942. "Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Lounge, to window. Voorhees, Walker, Foley & Smith, architects." You can call me ... lonely! Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Long Distance: 1921

Long Distance: 1921

        Some of the "amplifying telephone" equipment that carried audio from the Nov. 11, 1921, Armistice Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where Warren Harding spoke over the casket of the Unknown Soldier, to loudspeakers set up for the crowds outside as well as in New York and San Francisco. More here.

November 1921. "This is the delicate machinery being installed beneath the Arlington Amphitheater which will amplify the President's voice one thousand billion times when he makes his address on Armistice Day in honor of America's Unknown Warrior." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Yesterday's News: 1926

Yesterday's News: 1926

        Our second visit to these premises.

1926. "Rotogravure press, Lanman Engraving Co." Printing the Sunday, Jan. 31 "Pictorial Section" of the Washington Post. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Sunday Supplement: 1926

Sunday Supplement: 1926

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1926. "Rotogravure press, Lanman Engraving Co." Printing the Sunday, Aug. 29 "Pictorial Section" of the Washington Post. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

X-Man: 1941

X-Man: 1941

Jan. 11, 1941. "Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis, Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, New York. Fluoroscopy room with technician." The doctor will see through you now. 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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