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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Bridge of Sighs: 1907

Bridge of Sighs: 1907

November 8, 1907. "Bridge of Sighs," connecting the 1902 Tombs prison at left with the 1894 Manhattan Criminal Courts building at right. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Train Wreck: 1909

Train Wreck: 1909

Wrecked Pennsylvania R.R. car on tracks south of Brunswick Street. Jersey City, N.J. November 6, 1909. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Kittens of Doom: 1914

The Kittens of Doom: 1914

"Two cats, dressed as humans, holding rope, which doll appears to be skipping." Circa 1914 photograph by Harry Whittier Frees. View full size. More on the strangely unsettling photos of Harry Frees here and here. He often used his own cats, Rags and Fluff, with costumes sewn by his mother.

 

Still Wet Behind the Oars: 1911

Still Wet Behind the Oars: 1911

June 18, 1911. "Cornell varsity crew squad at Poughkeepsie." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Li’l Drug Runner: 1913

Li’l Drug Runner: 1913

Preston DeCosta, 15 years old. Messenger #3 for Bellevue Messenger Service in San Antonio, Texas. October 1913. I ran across him while he was carrying notes back and forth between a prostitute in jail and a pimp in the Red Light. He had read all the notes and knew all about them. He was a fine grained adolescent boy. Has been delivering messages and drugs in the Red Light for 6 months and knows the ropes thoroughly. "A lot of these girls are my regular customers. I carry 'em messages and get 'em drinks, drugs, etc. Also go to the bank with money for 'em. If a fellow treats 'em right, they'll call him by number and give him all their work. I got a box full of photos I took of these girls - some of 'em I took in their room." Works until 11 P.M. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Where’s the Fire?

Where’s the Fire?

Wreck of District of Columbia fire chief's car. January 5, 1921. View larger. National Photo Company.

 

New York-Cincinnati Flyer: 1910

New York-Cincinnati Flyer: 1910

Train wreck near Middletown, Ohio. July 4, 1910 [erroneously reported at the time to have involved the 20th Century Limited -- see Comments]. View full size. Glass negative from the George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Syracuse 2d Varsity Crew: 1914

Syracuse 2d Varsity Crew: 1914

Syracuse second varsity crew squad, June 11, 1914. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Crew Squad and Coach Rice: 1910

Crew Squad and Coach Rice: 1910

Columbia rowing team in mock shells training in crew house with coach Jim Rice, February 1910. View full size. George Grantham Bain collection.

 

Mr. Goodwrench: 1943

Mr. Goodwrench: 1943

Garage mechanic near Newark, N.J., with Office of Defense Transportation badge. December 1943. Kodachrome transparency by Marjory Collins. View full size.

 

Coney Island Orphans: 1911

Coney Island Orphans: 1911

Orphans going to Coney Island (Luna Park). June 7, 1911. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Melrose Park: 1942

Melrose Park: 1942

Chicago & North Western classification yard, December 1942. The trestle runs from the ice house to the yard. The old cars in the foreground are used as living quarters for some yard workers and itinerant help. Town of Melrose Park is in background. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Happy Mallick: 1910

Happy Mallick: 1910

Donald "Happy" Mallick, 9 years of age, has been selling newspapers 5 years. His father, a rivet driver, earns $20 weekly. Boy very imaginative, and when last seen had a rusty 5 inch knife which he said he found and was playing with the same in gutter. View full size. Photo by Lewis W. Hine, May 1910.

 

Migrant Homes: 1941

Migrant Homes: 1941

Houses and abandoned cars of migratory workers in Belle Glade, Fla., January 1941. View full size.

 
 
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