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

Exchange Court: 1920

Exchange Court: 1920

New York, 1920. Exchange Court Building at 52 Broadway and Exchange Place. View full size. Photograph by Irving Underhill. Completed in 1898, the structure was rebuilt with additional floors and a modern facade in 1980-82.

 

Pre-WTC: 1908

Pre-WTC: 1908

New York, 1908. Hudson Terminal Buildings at 30-50 Church Street showing cemetery and construction of elevated railway. View full size. Irving Underhill photo. The complex was razed in 1971 to make way for 5 World Trade Center.

 

Madison Avenue: 1916

Madison Avenue: 1916

New York, 1916. Heckscher Building at 50 East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. View full size. Irving Underhill photo. The building, which still stands, used to have a squash court on the 23rd floor. Nowadays it's dwarfed by its neighbors.

 

Equitable Trust: 1921

Equitable Trust: 1921

New York, 1921. Equitable Trust Building and Hotel Biltmore. View full size. Photograph by Irving Underhill.

 

Bodie: 1962

Bodie: 1962

Bodie, California, July 1962. Odd Fellows Hall and Miners Union Hall on Main Street looking north. View full size. Photograph by Ronald Partridge, Historic American Buildings Survey. Bodie, a mining camp ghost town on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite and Tahoe, is now a state historic park.

 

Memory Bank: 1962

Memory Bank: 1962

Vault of the Bodie Bank, July 1962. Mono County, California. View full size. Photograph by Ronald Partridge, Historic American Buildings Survey.

 

Ready or Not: 1912

Ready or Not: 1912

"Blind children playing hide-and-seek among arcade pillars" at the Overbrook School in Philadelphia ca. 1912. View full size. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Herman Miller: 1958

Herman Miller: 1958

1958. Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller show in San Francisco. View larger. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles & Ray Eames collection.

 
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