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Weaverville: 1934

Weaverville: 1934

March 10, 1934 "Weaverville, Trinity County, California. General view looking west." Not much evidence of a Great Depression other than the NRA sign in a store window. Photo by Roger Sturtevant for the Historic American Buildings Sur­vey. We wonder if he ever crossed paths with Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Tractor Pull: 1921

Tractor Pull: 1921

February 1921. Washington, D.C. "Army car at Connecticut Avenue Bridge." Another view of the modified Model T last seen here under review. Note the repurposed New York license plate with U.S. ARMY ORD(NANCE) DEPT painted on the back. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Indian Summer: 1941

Indian Summer: 1941

Fall 1941. Jackson, Michigan. "Soldier granted a furlough to help with harvesting on this farm, watching threshing." Photo by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 

Four Corners Garage: 1934

Four Corners Garage: 1934

        Nineteenth-century townscape with an overlay of automobile.

March 27, 1934. "Auburn, Placer County, California. General view of fire house and commercial buildings at Grass Valley and Sacramento Roads." Photo by Roger Sturtevant for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Dunk Tank: 1931

Dunk Tank: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Man partially submerged in tank with breathing appar­atus." Last seen here on this guy, probably at the Navy Yard. View full size.

 

Watering Hole: 1907

Watering Hole: 1907

Detroit circa 1907. "A glimpse of Woodward Avenue from City Hall." Points of interest in this corner of the Campus Martius include the Hotel Pontchartrain, Bagley Fountain and Sol Berman's "Misfit" haberdashery. View full size.

 

Roosevelt Repository: 1941

Roosevelt Repository: 1941

May 2, 1941. "Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York. Exhibition hall." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Old Mint: 1940

The Old Mint: 1940

        U.S. Government bought property of Curtis, Perry & Ward, assayers, for $335,000 and reconstructed building as fireproof three-story brick. Opened as U.S. Mint April 3, 1854. Old building razed 1874. New Sub-Treasury built 1875-1877, four-story pressed brick on granite sills. Building partially destroyed by fire and dynamited in 1906 earthquake ($13 million in gold saved in basement vaults). Restored as one-story building. Passed into private hands in 1915. —HABS, 1940

March 1940. "McCoy Label Co., old U.S. Sub-Treasury & Mint, 608 Commercial Street, San Francisco." Break time for the label-gummers. Photo by A.J. Wittlock for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

T Rex: 1921

T Rex: 1921

        "Secretary of War Newton D. Baker trying out a new eight-wheel Ford tractor, which has the reputation of being able to get over almost any road. Among the dignitaries in the background is Maj. Gen. Peyton C. March." Click here for another view.

February 1921. Washington, D.C. "Army car at Connecticut Avenue Bridge." A sort of Model T on steroids. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Macy's: 1905

Macy's: 1905

1905. "R.H. Macy & Co., New York." The famous department store. Corner tenant: Lucio's, the jeweler whose pearls, rubies and diamonds "defy detection." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Easter Greetings: 1924

Easter Greetings: 1924

Washington, D.C. "Mrs. Boby's group, 1924." Happy Easter from Shorpy and his peeps! National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ad Man West: 1954

Ad Man West: 1954

Back to my Uncle Albert in his office at the Foote, Cone and Belding advertising agency in San Francisco's Russ Building about 1954. Amid a fine selection of period office accouterments, including a space-saver phone and cigarette ashes, he's working on this ad. As Vice-President and Production Manager, he was in charge of layout, design, graphics and typography, and also for such accounts as Southern Pacific, Dole Pineapple and Pacific Bell.

Albert's interest in fine printing and typography led to his amassing a significant collection of manuscripts, first editions, prints and other art, much of which now resides at institutions like Stanford, UCLA and Berkeley. In particular, his collection of over 1000 books, drawings, etchings and correspondence of the English sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer (as in Gill Sans) Eric Gill is at the Gleeson Library of the University of San Francisco. View full size.

Urban Eden: 1908

Urban Eden: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Living on a skyscraper." An apartment building rooftop garden, with a small menagerie. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Waiting to Inhale: 1931

Waiting to Inhale: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. The caption for this one is NO CAPTION. What's going on here? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flood Mansion: 1940

Flood Mansion: 1940

        James Clair Flood Mansion (now Pacific Union Club), 1000 California Street, San Francisco. Built 1885-86; Augustus Laver, architect. Reputed cost of about $1 million. Flood died 1889; Mrs. Flood, 1897. Descendants occupied until fire of 1906 gutted interior. Acquired by Pacific Union Club about 1909 and remodeled by Willis Polk in 1910. New England brownstone shell (said to be first brownstone west of Mississippi); Italianate ornamental details. Fence of bronze by W.T. Garratt, at cost estimated from $30,000 to $60,000. Only Nob Hill house to survive fire. —HABS, 1940

March 1940. The Flood Mansion in San Francisco, last seen here after being gutted by fire following the 1906 earthquake, 108 years ago today. Photo by A.J. Wittlock for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 
 
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