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Little Girl Blue: 1931

Little Girl Blue: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Longworth, Paulina, with parents." Paulina (1925-1957), last seen here with her mother Alice Roosevelt Longworth, oldest daughter of Teddy, is now joined by her legal father, House Speaker Nicholas Longworth. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Breakers: 1901

The Breakers: 1901

Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1901. "The Breakers from the casino." Note the horsecar and boardwalk with cutouts for the palm trees. Another of Henry Flagler's wood-frame behemoths, the Breakers burned in 1903 and reopened the following year, then burned yet again in 1925. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Pontiac Palace: 1948

Pontiac Palace: 1948

From San Francisco circa 1948 comes this nighttime shot of a Pontiac showroom, which our learned commenters reveal was at 1560 Van Ness Avenue. 8x10 inch Kodak safety negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Termite Terrace: 1901

Termite Terrace: 1901

Miami circa 1901. "Hotel Royal Palm, west front." Henry Flagler's hostelry opened in 1897 and closed in 1930, condemned after a termite infestation. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Blazing Buick: 1922

Blazing Buick: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Buick roadster at California Street firehouse." If we ride along, can we ring the bell? 5x7 glassneg by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Packard Plant: 1911

Packard Plant: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." Expansion of the Albert Kahn-designed factory building on Grand Boulevard, now an infamous urban ruin. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Back Issue: 1920

Back Issue: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Nation's Business." A look behind the scenes at the offices of that magazine. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Fake: 1957

The Fake: 1957

"Athletes from various colleges demonstrating a variety of football moves." Who'll be the first to name that team? 35mm Kodachrome by Marvin E. Newman for the Look magazine assignment "1957 Football Forecast." View full size.

Apocalypse Then: 1906

Apocalypse Then: 1906

"Earthquake panorama." San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. Landmarks include the domed, burned-out shell of the Call newspaper tower at left, and City Hall at right. Still standing and open for business: Cold Day Lunch and Oyster House, along with "New Franks" and "Original Coppa." 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana, purchased and scanned by Shorpy. View full size.

 

Jacked Up: 1919

Jacked Up: 1919

Circa 1919. "Studebaker motor car in repair shop with garage mechanic." Don't try this at home. Or at work. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia. View full size.

 

Dining at the Dunes: 1939

Dining at the Dunes: 1939

Sept. 20, 1939. "The Dunes Club, Narragansett, Rhode Island. Dining porch. Purves, Cope & Stewart, architect." Shorpy has a group rate for the second seating at 9. See you there? 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Anonymous: 1925

Anonymous: 1925

Sept. 20, 1925. "Man wearing a mask made by W.T. Benda." Our introduction to the creations of Polish-born artist and costume designer Wladyslaw Teodor Benda (1873-1948). 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Ruins of the Fire: 1865

Ruins of the Fire: 1865

1865. Charleston, S.C. "Broad Street, looking east with the ruins of Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar." Aftermath of the Great Fire of 1861. Wet plate negative from the Civil War photographs collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

A Hot Mess: 1901

A Hot Mess: 1901

Circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, brass foundry, Chelsea, Michigan." Our umpteenth look at these slightly untidy premises. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Third Disaster: 1952

Third Disaster: 1952

"Floyd & Rach -- Feb 11 1952." The latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes features a cameo by Mr. Boston. Anything else we cannot explain -- it just is. 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

 
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