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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SPANGLES: THE CONTINENTAL CIRCUS

The Wilson: 1908

The Wilson: 1908

Circa 1908. "North Adams, Massachusetts -- Wilson Hotel." With "first-class moving pictures" at the Empire Theatre. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Texas Tourists: 1920

Texas Tourists: 1920

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1920. "Dr. A.A. Foster and family of Dallas, Texas." A second look at the auto-tourists seen here yesterday, and their modified Model T Ford. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Auto-Campers: 1920

Auto-Campers: 1920

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1920. "Dr. A.A. Foster and family of Dallas, Texas, in auto tourist camp." A novelty that would evolve into tourist cabins of the 1920s and '30s, the motor courts of the '40s and '50s and culminate in the motor hotel, or "motel." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Patriotic Pole Sitter: 1929

Patriotic Pole Sitter: 1929

UPDATE: The Library of Congress has given this photo a caption.

September 3, 1929. "Maryland youth breaks pole sitting record. William Ruppert, 14-year-old youth of Colgate, Maryland, as he appeared atop the flagpole in the yard of his home yesterday after breaking the pole sitting record of 23 days set by Shipwreck Kelly. Young Ruppert, who started his sitting on August 1, has worn out three pairs of trousers so far. He says he expects to stay up 30 days more. The pole is 18 feet high." Note the light bulb rigged to the seat. View full size.

 

Pet Project: 1920

Pet Project: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Harvey and William Peck and pets, E Street N.W." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wayne Camera: 1970s

Wayne Camera: 1970s

The Wayne Camera Center circa 1970s in the Preakness Shopping Center, Wayne, NJ. I believe that's the founder, Bill Orkulsky, who started the store in 1955. Not sure if the ladies present are his wife and daughter or just employees. Lots of future "collectibles" and "kitsch" for sale. View full size.

Young Family, Penniless: 1936

Young Family, Penniless: 1936

November 1936. "Young family, penniless, hitchhiking on U.S. Highway 99 in California. The father, 24, and the mother, 17, came from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Early in 1935 their baby was born in the Imperial Valley, California, where they were working as field laborers." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

On the Ground: 1942

On the Ground: 1942

May 1942. "Running up a barrage balloon. Scene at the U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp at Parris Island, South Carolina." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Free Parking: 1937

Free Parking: 1937

September 1937. "Drugstore in Washington, D.C." Marked down from 35¢: Vince, now just 29 cents. Medium-format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Most Perfect Moving Pictures: 1907

The Most Perfect Moving Pictures: 1907

Circa 1907. "Laconia, New Hampshire -- Main Street." A highlight here is the handbill advertising "the most perfect moving pictures" and "animated pantomimic dramas" at the Folsom Opera House. View full size.

 

Final Inspector: 1936

Final Inspector: 1936

1936. Camden, New Jersey. "RCA Victor Final Inspector -- testing radio frequency alignment and making final test of chassis. This takes place in a room entirely surrounded by copper screening in order to protect testing from any interference. This is the job requiring the highest skill. Even technical training, such as an electrical engineering course, must be supplemented by a course of training at the plant for this particular work." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

The Experiment: 1930

The Experiment: 1930

There's no label for this circa 1930 Harris & Ewing plate, but maybe it's best that we don't know what's going on. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK.

 

Billie Burke: 1908

Billie Burke: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Burke, Billie, Miss." The stage actress and D.C. native Billie Burke, last seen here a week ago. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Kern County Camp: 1936

Kern County Camp: 1936

November 1936. "View of Kern County migrant camp. California." One of the many Depression-era tent camps run by the Farm Security Administration that served as way stations for Dust Bowl migrants from the Midwest who found work picking crops in the citrus groves and vegetable fields of the West Coast. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Citrus Seedling: 1936

Citrus Seedling: 1936

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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