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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: 1840-1940

Ford Foundation: 1936

Ford Foundation: 1936

A one-room hut houses a family of nine in an open field between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near the Tennessee River. The hut was built over the chassis of an abandoned Ford. Photograph by Carl Mydans, 1936. View full size.

 

Lean-to Kitchen: 1936

Lean-to Kitchen: 1936

A 12-year-old girl in a family of nine cooks a meal in a rude, open lean-to hut in Tennessee. The family lives in an open field near the Tennessee River. Photograph by Carl Mydans, 1936. View full size.

 

Rural Mother: 1936

Rural Mother: 1936

March 1936. "Mother and baby of family of nine living in field on U.S. Route 70 near the Tennessee River." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Compliments Pecos City Bakery: 1940

Compliments Pecos City Bakery: 1940

Mrs. Beula Durrill Espy, of Van Horn, Texas shows off her cake at a picnic in west Texas, 1940. (Courtesy Portal to Texas History). View full size.

You can see more images from the Texas Mountain Trail, a coalition of west Texas museums, in our gallery.

Flipper: 1950

Flipper: 1950

Models in swimsuits by fashion photographer Toni Frissell, 1950. View full size.

 

122½: 1899

122½: 1899

The E.J. Crane, watchmaker and jewelry store in Richmond, Virginia in 1899. Displayed as part of the American Negro exhibit at the Paris Exposition of 1900. View full size.

 

Detective Shanley: 1937

Detective Shanley: 1937

New York City detective Mary Agnes Shanley pulls a pistol out of her handbag. Shanley shows what awaits a pickpocket. She had more than a thousand career arrests. From the New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, 1937. View full size.

 

An Aerial Honeymoon: 1914

An Aerial Honeymoon: 1914

"Funniest show in the world - the huge pantomimic musical comedy. An Aerial Honeymoon invented and patented by John F. Byrne. A compartment for two. Passengers making it lively for the old bridegroom on his wedding trip." The boisterous comedy "An Aerial Honeymoon," which began its run in 1914, was produced by the pantomime brothers John, James, Matthew and Andrew Byrne. Color lithograph. View full size.

 
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