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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Southdale Center: 1956

Southdale Center: 1956

1956. Edina, Minnesota. "Interior Garden Court with stairway to upper level in Southdale Regional Shopping Center, the first enclosed shopping mall." Color transparency by Grey Villet, Life magazine photo archive. View full size.

Beacon Beckons: 1902

Beacon Beckons: 1902

Dutchess County, New York, circa 1902. "Mount Beacon Casino and power house, Fishkill-on-the-Hudson, N.Y." At right, a car of the Mount Beacon Incline Railway. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Street of Trees: 1904

Street of Trees: 1904

Indianapolis circa 1904. "North Delaware Street." Our third visit to this leafy enclave. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Tri-State: 1904

Tri-State: 1904

Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904. "Illinois Street, north from Washington." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Ambulance Camp: 1864

Ambulance Camp: 1864

August 1864. "Camp of Chief Ambulance Officer, 9th Army Corps, in front of Petersburg, Virginia." Albumen print, photographer unknown. Civil War Glass Negatives and Prints collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Night and Day: 1947

Night and Day: 1947

"Portrait of Billie Holiday at the Downbeat club, New York, ca. February 1947." Medium format negative by William Gottlieb. View full size.

        I especially tried to capture personality, but that's an elusive quality, and I was successful only a portion of the time. But I certainly hit it on the button here with a picture of Billie Holiday, whose voice was filled with anguish. I also tried to catch the beauty of her face -- she was at her most beautiful at that particular time, which was not too long after she had come out of prison on a drug charge. She couldn't get at any drugs while she was incarcerated, or alcohol, and she lost weight and she came out looking gorgeous, and her voice was, I think, at its peak. And I was fortunate enough to have spent some time with her during that period, and I caught this close-up of her in a way that you could really see the anguish that must have been coming out of her throat.

-- William Gottlieb, 1997

 

Marmon Matrons: 1930

Marmon Matrons: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. "Marmon Big Eight rumble seat coupe at Golden Gate Park." Today's entry in the Shorpy Baedeker of Brobdingnagian Buggies. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Pears Aplenty: 1921

Pears Aplenty: 1921

A colorized version of this National Photo glass plate: Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "National Fruit Co. -- Eleventh Street N.W." View full size.

 
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