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Picnic in the Park: 1939

August 1939. "Grants Pass, Oregon. 'California Day.' A picnic in town park on the Rogue River. Hot summer afternoon." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

Bad Example: 1942

June 1942. "Industrial safety. Accident prevention. The employee who carries in such a way as to obscure his vision is not saving time -- he is endangering himself and his fellow workers. A few extra trips, or the use of a truck when necessary, eliminates possible man-hour loss from this hazard." Photo by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

Utopia House: 1938

Summer 1938. "Utopia Children's House, Harlem, New York." Photo by Jack Allison for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

Coconut Alley: 1894

Palm Beach, Fla., circa 1894. "Hotel Royal Poinciana, Lake Worth." 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

Midcentury Mosaic: 1954

Jan. 25, 1954. "H.F. Fischbach, residence at Hampshire House, Central Park South. Tile bathroom." You'll come for the plumbing but stay for the towels. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

Chinatown: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. Grant Ave. at Sacramento St. 4 x 5 inch nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

Newsstand Noir: 1957

My brother snapped this 35mm Kodak Tri-X negative as a former high school classmate left (Fled? Took it on the lam?) from this newsstand at 1241 Fourth Street in San Rafael, California. At the time this was one of two newsstands downtown. Show More Summary

Montgomery Block: 1940

San Francisco March 1940. "Built as the largest and safest office building in San Francisco, the Montgomery Block became the headquarters of professional men from 1853 to 1890. It was the only major downtown San Francisco building to...Show More Summary

Post-War Harrisburg

I don't know what year my grandfather took this photo of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, but I'm guessing it was 1948 or 1949. View full size.

Key System: 1939

April 1939. "San Francisco, California, seen from the First Street ramp of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Before BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) crossed the bay, there was the Key System. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full siz...

Oliver's Tractor

A farmer known to my family (but, sadly, not to me) smiles at the photographer - presumably my grandfather - in this early-1950s shot from Honey Grove, Pennsylvania. View full size.

Survivor for Now: 1940

San Francisco 1940. "Silas Palmer House, NW corner Van Ness and Washington. Essentially stick in style, with features of the Villa and Shingle eras, as well as tall Mansard roof on tower. Squared bays are typical of 1880s. Some pseudo-Moorish details on entrance porch. Show More Summary

Snowy Honey Grove

The rest of "downtown" Honey Grove, Pennsylvania, as seen from the vantage point of the gas pump at the front of my grandfather's store. Early 1950s. View full size.

Forest Coupe: 1926

San Francisco, 1926. "Rickenbacker in woods." Another automotive marque not long for this world. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

Unemployment Lineup: 1939

April 1939. "Salvation Army, San Francisco, California. Unemployed young men pause a moment to loiter and watch, and then pass on." Large format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

Snowy Honey Grove

"Downtown" Honey Grove, Pennsylvania shivers on a snowy day, pre-1952. My grandfather's grocery was apparently getting a delivery. View full size.

Fresno Fulton Mall: 1967

Our 1967 vacation first took us to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks; then on the way to Yosemite we went through Fresno, where I took this Kodachrome slide of the Fulton Mall three years after its opening. Pedestrianizing Fulton...Show More Summary

Prison Break: 1943

1943, Marin County, California. "Coffee and cakes taste pretty good to these San Quentin prisoners who have just given blood to the Red Cross mobile unit. Of the hundreds of men who volunteered to give blood to the bank, 150 were taken care of during the unit's four-hour visit to the penitentiary. Show More Summary

GM on the Beach: 1964

Another look at the fading Atlantic City from my grandfather's family trip in 1964. View full size.

Bank Garage: 1934

San Francisco April 14, 1934. "East side looking south, Montgomery Street commercial buildings." In later years the Gold Rush-era building here housing the Chicago Specialty Co. became the law offices of flamboyant San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli. Show More Summary

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