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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Power and Light: 1904

Power and Light: 1904

Circa 1904 somewhere in North America. "Switchboard in dynamo room." (UPDATE: Also seen here.) 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Cockaday and Banning: 1924

Cockaday and Banning: 1924

New York circa 1924. "L.M. Cockaday and Maj. Kendall Banning." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Face Time: 1936

Face Time: 1936

December 23, 1936. Washington, D.C. "Bureau of Standards. Standardization of card colors. Kenneth Kelley judging colors of dyes." Whatever you labor at, Shorpy wishes you a happy Labor Day. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Well Connected: 1920

Well Connected: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Daniels and Navy telephone exchange." Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

BRB LOL: 1940

BRB LOL: 1940

June 1940. Washington, D.C. "Direct postal telegraph wire at a truck service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue)." So the place was something of an Internet cafe, without the lattes or wifi. 35mm negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Central Heat: 1932

Central Heat: 1932

Washington, D.C., circa 1932. "Ben Franklin Press" is all it says here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Typewriter Geek: 1922

Typewriter Geek: 1922

Feb. 7, 1922. "Hobart Reese." Whose talent seems to have been an ability to type Abraham Lincoln the hard way. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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