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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Modern Kitchen: 1940

Modern Kitchen: 1940

April 17, 1940. When enameled steel was sexy. "Electric Institute of Washington. Display of ranges in lobby at Potomac Electric Power Co. building." 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Dreaming Inside the Box: 1927

Dreaming Inside the Box: 1927

Nov. 28, 1927. "Washington man sleeps in a blanketless bed. Milton Fairchild of Washington, D.C., does not need any blankets for keeping him warm these winter nights. He has invented an electrical bed which does not require any covering for the body when asleep. Furthermore, according to Mr. Fairchild, an 'electric blanket' is healthier and one is not so susceptible to colds. The temperature is maintained constant throughout the night by automatic controls." Milton, you are so close. Just a couple more tweaks and you will be sitting pretty, or at least reclining more comfortably. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

We Come in Peace: 1936

We Come in Peace: 1936

"NO CAPTION, 1936" is the label for this Harris & Ewing plate. We think it probably has to do with diving, or maybe Roswell. View full size.

 

The Electric Birdcage: 1928

The Electric Birdcage: 1928

1928. Washington, D.C. "NO CAPTION" is the label for this Harris & Ewing plate of a lady showing us an obviously superior example of whatever this is. Deep knowledge of the Shorpy catalog tells me this is Texanna Loomis of the Loomis Radio School. The thing is -- what? You tell us, in the comments. View full size.

 

Kidde Kokoon: 1955

Kidde Kokoon: 1955

1955. "H-bomb hideaway. Family seated in a Kidde Kokoon, an underground fallout shelter manufactured by Walter Kidde Nuclear Laboratories of Garden City, Long Island." United Press photo. View full size.

 

Play-by-Play: 1924

Play-by-Play: 1924

"Washington baseball, 1924." The broadcasting cage at Griffith Stadium in the early days of commercial radio. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

March 1937. "Camden, New Jersey. RCA Victor. Five-tube chassis assembly line." Radio like Grandma used to make. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 
 
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