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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • UP N' ATOM: c. 1950s

Out for Delivery: 1940

Out for Delivery: 1940

July 1940. "Rural mailman who has brought the mail to the crossroads transfers letters and packages to another postman's saddlebags. This rider takes the mail farther up the side road and creek beds where no wagon or car can go. In the mountain section near Morehead, Kentucky." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

D.C. J.C.C.: 1926

D.C. J.C.C.: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets N.W." In addition to being the year the JCC was completed, 1926 was also when Washington was equipped with traffic lights ("GO"). National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Drive In Here: 1925

Drive In Here: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "L Street Garage, between 17th and 18th on L Street N.W." The garage and adjacent Washington Accessories Co. store and gas station can also be seen in these photos. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

There Was a Crooked House: 1962

There Was a Crooked House: 1962

Shorpy being the Historic American Photo Archive, and me being American and at this point in my life historic, I present from my archive a nighttime photo experiment I performed in winter 1962 while a teenage camera geek. This is how I made this time-exposure of our Larkspur, California house: I turned on all the lights in the front-facing rooms, also those on the porches and front walk, and added one more (my desk lamp) below the front porch. I set up the camera (an old c. 1920 folding job) in the cactus garden, opened the shutter, ran down to the bottom of that stairway and wrote out my name with a little flashlight, then ran back up and closed the shutter. Voilà! I used that old camera, a Kodak Folding Autographic Brownie 2A, because it was the only one around the house then that could take time exposures. No tripod receptacle, so I had to balance it on something or other. (I know it's winter because of the burlap sacks covering the lantana for frost protection. Oh, and before you ask, no, we're not related to the Addams family.) Scanned from the original "116" 2½ x 4¼ negative, slightly cropped at top. View full size.

London Bridge: 1940

London Bridge: 1940

June 1940. "Supervised play hour for younger children in assembly building at Osceola migratory labor camp. Belle Glade, Florida." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Saints & Sodas: 1940

Saints & Sodas: 1940

June 1940. "Natchitoches, Louisiana -- drug store." McClung Drug, "Burial place of St. Denis." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Modern Mail: 1917

Modern Mail: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "U.S. Mail trucks -- Parcel Post delivery." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gas for the Masses: 1908

Gas for the Masses: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Gas office, first floor, looking back; cashier windows at right." The lobby of the Detroit City Gas Company. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Philadelphia Bourse: 1904

Philadelphia Bourse: 1904

Circa 1904. "The Philadelphia Bourse, Fourth and Ranstead streets." Our second look at this imposing structure. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Outward Bound: 1903

Outward Bound: 1903

New York circa 1903. "S.S. Cymric outward bound." Torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat in 1916. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

These Eyes: 1917

These Eyes: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "B.J. Cullen." Whose piercing gaze COMPELS YOU to further identify him in the comments below! National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Juice Bar: 1928

Juice Bar: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Hendrick Motor Co. garage -- Battery Service." Another aspect of the establishment last seen here. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Laid-Back Disneyland: 1958

Laid-Back Disneyland: 1958

This tranquil scene, much less the sight of people in suits, ties, earrings and heels, may have today's frazzled visitors questioning if this is actually the Magic Kingdom. Nevertheless, my brother-in-law took this Kodachrome slide there in February 1958. View full size.

Music Hall: 1906

Music Hall: 1906

1906. "Music Hall, Washington Park." Cincinnati Music Hall on Elm Street, completed in 1878. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

R.M.S. Oceanic: 1903

R.M.S. Oceanic: 1903

New York, 1903. "Docking a big liner -- R.M.S. Oceanic." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 
 
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