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Dawsonville: 1917

Dawsonville: 1917

Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1917. "Ford car in front of Dawsonville country store, probably H.E. French's." Herbert French being the proprietor of the National Photo Company. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Master of the House: 1895

Master of the House: 1895

Young Willard Douglas at home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895. 5x7 glass negative by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

Super Fly: 1972

Super Fly: 1972

Some may find it fitting that this photo of me was taken at the San Francisco Zoo. I remember having striped pants in the 70s, but this total ensemble comes as a surprise, since I'd never seen this photo until a few days ago. It turned up in a box of forgotten slides at my friend's house. I attribute my expression to having just spotted him aiming his camera at me. For my part, I'm clutching my first movie camera, a Super-8 GAF job with an 8-1 zoom lens. View full size.

Grandmother's House: 1895

Grandmother's House: 1895

The Douglas family home in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895. Click here for a circa 1960 view, a few years before it was demolished to make way for a nursing home. 5x7 glass plate by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

Grandmother's House: 1960

Grandmother's House: 1960

The Douglas family home at 6833 Eastern Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1960. Color slide by Shorpy member Steve King's dad, whose mother, Helen Douglas King, lived there when she was a little girl. View full size.

Well Sprung: 1920

Well Sprung: 1920

San Francisco, 1920. "Haynes touring car leaving garage." Riding on Gruss Air Springs. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Vermont Country Store: 1959

Vermont Country Store: 1959

August 1959. "Vermont Country Store, Weston Common, Windsor County, Vermont. Building dates to 1828. Typical early country store still serving its original function, but filled with more merchandise than it would have originally had and now a popular tourist attraction." Photo by Ned Goode for the Historical American Buildings Survey, National Park Service. View full size.

 

Down on Main: 1976

Down on Main: 1976

Main Street, USA in Disneyland, that is, where my friend has captured me on Kodachrome with bell-bottoms billowing and armed with Super-8 camera. I didn't know this photo existed until a few days ago when he and I discovered a cache of slides in a forgotten box at his place. In fact, I'd totally forgotten we'd taken this Southern California road trip at all. Much to his amusement. View full size.

Thompson's Tug Office: 1908

Thompson's Tug Office: 1908

Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1908. "Steamers at pier." At right, the sidewheeler City of Alpena. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Base Station: 1906

Base Station: 1906

        19th-century cog railway to the highest peak in the Northeast.

New Hampshire circa 1906. "Base station, Mount Washington Railway, White Mountains." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Free-Range Kids: 1895

Free-Range Kids: 1895

Continuing our visit to Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1895, we find Helen and Willard Douglas taking their ease Snoopy-style at the family compound, which seems to be equipped with accommodations for poultry as well as laundry. 5x7 glass negative by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Our third visit with the Douglas family in Takoma Park, Maryland: Zilpha Minnie Childs Douglas (1859-1960) and her children Helen (1885-1987) and Willard (1887?-1960). The photographer was Edward Morehouse Douglas (1855-1932). It's interesting to note that the ladies here lived to be centenarians. View full size.

Made in the Shade: 1895

Made in the Shade: 1895

The Takoma Park, Maryland, home of Edward M. Douglas, wife Zilpha and their children Helen and Willard. 5x7 glass negative by Mr. Douglas, donated by to us his great-grandson Steve and scanned by Shorpy. Steve tells us the house was torn down in the 1960s to make way for a nursing home. View full size.

Limb to Limb: 1895

Limb to Limb: 1895

Helen Douglas and her brother Willard are the subjects in the first of eight glass plates donated to Shorpy by the great-grandson of Edward Douglas (1857-1936), a U.S. Geological Survey employee who snapped these photos of his kids around 1895 at their home in the Washington suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland. Let's all thank Steve King for his generous and fascinating gift! View full size.

Peewee Playhouse: 1941

Peewee Playhouse: 1941

January 1941. "Trailer park in Sarasota, Florida." A baby bungalow nestled in nasturtiums. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
 
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