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Hot Sheets: 1938

From September 1938, a reminder of the days when doing laundry meant hauling water from a well or spigot, then boiling it in a caldron over a fire: "Old and sick, mine foreman's wife does washing in front yard. South Charleston, W.Va." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

Mr. Right: 1920

San Francisco in 1920. "Oldsmobile touring car." Its dapper driver signaling either "hello" or a right turn. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

The Firs: 1901

Circa 1901. "The Firs -- New Baltimore, Michigan, from west." Our fourth look at this summer resort, where two ladies are setting out in the surrey with the fringe on top. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

White Narcissa: 1930

Washington, D.C., circa 1930. "Gibbs, Mrs. Malcolm." Our second visit with Maude Foote Gibbs, wife of the People's Drug Store founder. Upon whose portrait the delicate filigree of the retoucher's hand gamely attempts to work its magic. But it is not to be, res ipsa loquitur. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

L.A. to Yosemite: 1920

May 1920. Yosemite National Park. "Prize Cup, Fourth Annual AAA Economy Run, Los Angeles to Camp Curry." An early test of fuel efficiency sponsored by Standard Oil of California. 8x6 inch glass negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana, acquired and scanned by Shorpy. View full size.

A Streetcar Called Euclid: 1905

Circa 1905. "Union League Club building, Cleveland." See you to-night in White City at the "Hilarity Parade." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

The Cowboy Kid: 1952

"Floyd, Loren, Dottie & Boots at Folks -- Jan 20 1952." From the shores of Lake Wobegon comes this latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes. With Loren sporting six-gun sox. 35mm slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

Six Rooms & Bath: 1921

4555 Grant Rd. N.W. Between Conn. and Wisc. Aves. BEAUTIFUL SUBURBAN HOME Convenient to both car lines. One-half acre of ground around property; 6 rooms and bath, large porches. A wonderful buy at $8,000 Inspect This Bargain Now! F.H. Show More Summary

Golden Eagle: 1921

Sept. 26, 1921. "Ford tractor demonstration." Another look at the plowing bee held on the Washington, D.C., estate of former Maryland senator Blair Lee. A photo in the Washington Star identifies this young lady as "Miss Myrtle Lewton...Show More Summary

Gingham Style: 1943

June 1943. "Arlington, Virginia. Girl getting food in the service shop at Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work for the U.S. government for the duration of the war. The shop help is run on a self-service basis." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

It's a Ford: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Ford tractor demonstration." The fenced-in rock with "District of Columbia" plaque may be a clue to the venue. View full size.

Up From the Ashes: 1906

San Francisco rebuilds after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. 8½x6½ inch glass negative from Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia later acquired by Marilyn Blaisdell. View full size...

Municipal Memphis: 1906

1906. "Cossitt Library and Post Office, Memphis, Tennessee." This Romanesque castle in red sandstone, at Front and Monroe on the banks of the Mississippi, was the city's first public library when it opened in 1893. View full size.

Flash Mob: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Third shift workers waiting on a street corner to be picked up by car pools around midnight." Last seen at the lunch counter. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full si...

Contagion: 1918

"Demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington, D.C., during the influenza pandemic of 1918." 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

Topinabee Landing: 1910

Circa 1910. "Topinabee Landing, Hamill's Inland Route, Cheboygan-Petoskey, Michigan." Excursionists on the dock, just in from an outing. View full size.

Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions updated

From the outside, Canon's PowerShot G7 X enthusiast compact looks like the S-series models that came before it, but inside it's an entirely different story. The G7 X offers a 20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, a 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. Show More Summary

Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review

The iPhone 6 Plus, introduced alongside the iPhone 6, offers one distinct feature that its sibling doesn't - optical image stabilization. In all other respects, their 8MP cameras, F2.2 aperture lenses and updated AF systems are the same. On paper the 6 Plus doesn't represent a great leap forward in terms of camera tech, but how does it perform in the real world? Read more

Last call for the Photocritic long exposure competition!

British Summer Time ends this weekend&Mdash;at 02:00 on Sunday, to be exact—which means that time is running out for you to submit your long exposure photos to our competition. We won’t be accepting any more entries after the clocks move back, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning a £40 […]

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