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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE FRENCH RIVIERA: 1952

Potomac Passage: 1861

Potomac Passage: 1861

Washington, D.C., circa 1861. "Guards at ferry landing on Mason's Island examining a pass." Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard. View full size.

 

Foxes in the Henhouse: 1938

Foxes in the Henhouse: 1938

September 1938. "Children buying groceries in co-op store. Greenbelt, Maryland." Medium format negative by Marion Post Woolcott. View full size.

 

High & Tight: 1941

High & Tight: 1941

June 1941. "Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Getting a haircut at Camp Shelby." Medium format acetate negative by William Perlitch. View full size.

 

Welcome to Welch: 1938

Welcome to Welch: 1938

September 1938. "Coal mining town of Welch, in the Bluefield section of West Virginia." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

French Frères: 1862

French Frères: 1862

May 1862. "Yorktown, Va. (vicinity). The Peninsular Campaign -- Camp Winfield Scott. Duc de Chartres, Comte de Paris, Prince de Joinville and friends playing dominoes at mess table." Wet plate negative by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

A Double Shot: 1909

A Double Shot: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Connecticut. "9:30 P.M. A common case of 'team work.' Smaller boy (Joseph Bishop) goes into saloon and sells his last papers. Then comes out and his brother gives him more. Joseph said, 'Drunks are me best customers. I sell more'n me brudder does. Dey buy me out so I kin go home.' He sells every afternoon and night. Extra late Saturday. At it again at 6 A.M. Sunday." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

The Old Stone Church: 1862

The Old Stone Church: 1862

March 1862. "Centreville, Virginia. Stone church. [Photo shows the Old Stone Church as it appeared between the two battles at Bull Run.]" Wet plate glass negative by the Civil War photographer George N. Barnard. View full size.

 

Top-Down: 1955

Top-Down: 1955

During the 1950s it was common to pose for a photo with your new car. This 3-D slide shows a young man with his new 1955 Ford. View full size.

 
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