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The Birds: 1938

The Birds: 1938

1938. "Lady of the Lake, St. Martinville vicinity, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Shopton Shops: 1943

The Shopton Shops: 1943

March 1943. Fort Madison, Iowa. "In the train control room at the Shopton shops of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Testing pneumatic train control equipment. This rack is used for testing about eight different parts of the apparatus." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Phipps Garden: 1940

Phipps Garden: 1940

May 17, 1940. "Phipps Garden Apartments, 5101 39th Avenue, Long Island City, New York. Clarence S. Stein, architect." Hanging with a big girl whose feet touch the ground. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

French Quarter: 1956

French Quarter: 1956

Kodachrome taken by my dad in New Orleans in February 1956. View full size.

The Old Store: 1937

The Old Store: 1937

March 25, 1937. "Close-up of front elevation -- old William Henderson store (Miller's Ferry Post Office), State Road 28, Canton Bend near Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama. Built 1858." The perfect place to start your trip. Photo by Alex Bush for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Dance Fever: 1923

Dance Fever: 1923

1923. Washington, D.C. "Marathon dancers." One contestant seen earlier here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Armory: 1906

The Armory: 1906

Circa 1906. "State National Guard Armory, Worcester, Mass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Castles in the Air: 1933

Castles in the Air: 1933

"1932 or 1933. No caption -- dancers in ballroom." The Shorpy Research Department has determined this to be the Washington Arts Club's annual Bal Boheme, specifically the "Castles in the Air" costume ball held Feb. 6, 1933, at the Willard Hotel. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flotilla: 1961

Flotilla: 1961

April 1961. "Sunbathing with the latest swimming pool equipment, including a lounge chair with floating beverage holders and game table attachments." From photos by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "For Women Only -- Pool Life." Tell your kids about how back in the day people couldn't play cards or smoke in the pool, and all you're likely to get is a blank stare. View full size.

 

Some Assembly Required: 1942

Some Assembly Required: 1942

August 1942. "Vultee Aircraft Co., Nashville. Using an electric drill on a fuselage in a sub-assembly section." Another boy putting an airplane together during WW2. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Thomas Circle: 1906

Thomas Circle: 1906

        Named for George Henry Thomas, Civil War general and, from his perch on the plinth, observer of countless traffic-circle fender-benders.

Thomas Circle and Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, D.C., circa 1906. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Danny the Driller: 1942

Danny the Driller: 1942

August 1942. "Nashville, Tennessee. Vultee Aircraft Company. Drilling holes for rivets in a fuselage on a sub-assembly line." In other words, doing prep work for Rosie. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

When Chic Met Shabby: 1958

When Chic Met Shabby: 1958

Somewhere around Los Angeles circa 1958. "Aluminum Group furniture (chairs, ottomans, tables) designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller Inc." Large format negative from the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. View full size.

The Merry Fiddler: 1937

The Merry Fiddler: 1937

1937. "Mrs. Mary McLean, Skyline Farms, Alabama." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lifeguard on Duty: 1905

Lifeguard on Duty: 1905

The Jersey shore circa 1905. "On the beach at Ross' pavilion, Ocean Grove, N.J." Short of tuxes and ballgowns, it's hard to imagine being any more dressed up at the beach. (And cheer up, guy in the middle -- your problems are over by now.) 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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