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Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        The colorized Christmas tree is back, 107 years after its debut in Madison Square. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Noel, Iola: 1944

Noel, Iola: 1944

On this Christmas Eve eve, we travel back 76 years for a visit with the First Lady of Shorpy, Iola Swinnerton. Some two decades after her bathing-pageant days, she is still radiating beauty and cheer. Scroll down to the comments for more of Iola's life story. View full size.

"STONE WOMAN" ENJOYS
CHRISTMAS PREPAREDNESS

        CHICAGO (Dec. 23, 1944) -- Mrs. Iola Swinnerton Warren, who suffered the illness known as myositis ossificans after inoculation for typhoid following a Florida hurricane, watches her husband Theron V. Warren and little nephew Herbert Taylor trim Christmas tree. (Acme Newspictures photo.)

 

Modern Family: 1914

Modern Family: 1914

        The globular tree, the unhinged affect, the undercurrent of barely suppressed rage -- yes, it's our annual holiday missive from the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

"Dickey tree, 1914." Our fifth Christmas visit with the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, whose portraits mix equal parts Chekhov and Addams with a dash of Dickens. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Maritime Manhattan: 1898

Maritime Manhattan: 1898

New York circa 1898. "Produce Exchange with tower, East River and Brooklyn from the Washington Building." 5x7 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Chicago & Alton: 1901

Chicago & Alton: 1901

Circa 1901. "Coaling station and water tank, C. & A. R.R., Mazonia, Illinois." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Cayuga Depot: 1901

Cayuga Depot: 1901

Circa 1901. "Station at Cayuga, Ill's." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Mass Transit: 1910

Mass Transit: 1910

        A better-quality version of an image first posted here in 2008.

Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1910. "Atlantic Avenue subway entrance." Plus an elevated railway and streetcar tracks. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Cane Train: 1897

Cane Train: 1897

Circa 1897. "Cane fields in Louisiana." Glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Office Xmas Party: 1925

Office Xmas Party: 1925

        It's two Fridays before December 25, time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Christmas Party! Which has been going on for 95 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting? Is there gin in that oilcan? Ask the bear.

December 1925. "Washington, D.C. -- Western Electric Co. group." There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Tarvia Tourists: 1921

Tarvia Tourists: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Barrett Co. group -- Inspection tour of Tarvia roads & pavements." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Off-Street Parking: 1921

Off-Street Parking: 1921

January 1921. Washington, D.C. "Penrose car, accident." Senator Boies Penrose's Winton Six touring car, last seen here, after taking out a mailbox, call box and lamppost on an icy sidewalk. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Plate Me a Grape: 1921

Plate Me a Grape: 1921

January 12, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Geo. C. Husmann & Secty. Meredith." The noted pomologist and viticulturist George Husmann with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Edwin Meredith. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

TRYING TO FIND USE FOR WINE GRAPES

        Passage of the 18th Amendment has resulted in special activities in the Department of Agriculture to devise means of consuming the enormous quantity of grapes formerly used in the manufacture of wines. Prof. George C. Husmann, grape specialist of the Department, has spent many months in experiments to improve the quality of varieties not formerly considered adapted to table use. Photo shows Secretary of Agriculture Meredith and Professor Husmann in his laboratory with clusters of 37 varieties under test in the Government experimental vineyards. ("Camera News," Feb. 14, 1921)

 

The Buick Building: 1921

The Buick Building: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Buick Building, Fourteenth and L Sts. N.W." 8x6 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

New Buick Plant Here

        Factory branch, Buick Motor Company's new assembling plant and office building, will be erected on site of the Unitarian Church property at Fourteenth and L streets northwest. The property has been leased by the company for ten years at a total rental of over $300,000. (Washington Post, April 18, 1920)

 

The Healing Waters: 1920

The Healing Waters: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Walter Reed Physiotherapy story." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dramatic Entrance: 1940

Dramatic Entrance: 1940

May 1940. "Front of abandoned residence in Georgetown, New Mexico. Ghost gold mining town." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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