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Man on the Moon: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Moon auto." Its virtues being demonstrated in front of the building also seen here and here. Latest heavenly body in the Shorpy Orrery of Automotive Astronomy. 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

Bus Triptych: 1943

September 1943. Cincinnati, Ohio. "Loading baggage on a Greyhound bus at the bus terminal." Esther Bubley in burst mode for the Office of War Information. Medium-format nitrate negatives. View full size.

The Traveler: 1939

January 1939. "Railroad tracks. Williamson County, Illinois." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

Co-op Gasoline: 1937

August 1937. "Virginia, Minnesota -- cooperative service station of the Virginia Work People's Trading Company." One manifestation of the Iron Range consumer cooperative movement started by Finnish immigrants. Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

Over the River: 1905

Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Holland America Piers with view of Manhattan across Hudson River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

The Joy of Cooking: 1937

September 1937. "Wife of John Holling, member of the Otsego Forest Products Cooperative. Otsego County, New York." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

Chicken Inn: 1937

September 1937. "Hyde Park Inn in Hyde Park, Vermont." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

Bus 21: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Bus at Exposition Auditorium, Grove Street." With Pennsylvania plates. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

Christmas Street: 1956

Another look at the street seen earlier here. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Rainy Day People: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Walker Block, Griswold and Fort Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

Into the Sun: 1956

A found Kodachrome slide of a Southern California street scene, possibly Alhambra or Pasadena, going by the address labels on other boxes in this collection. "1956" is written on the box cover. View full size.

Win: 1896

Circa 1896. "Mercer, baseball." George Barclay "Win" Mercer (1874-1903). Glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size. MERCER'S TRAGIC END Ball Player Takes Own Life in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. Show More Summary

Warren Peace: 1921

During the week of July 21-27, 1921, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone camped at a site about six miles east of Hancock in Washington County, Maryland. During the weekend, President Warren G. Harding joined the “vagabonds” — the name the wealthy industrialists gave themselves when they camped together. Show More Summary

Garden Spots: 1951

"Sally in garden -- 18 Sept 1951." From Blue Earth, Minnesota, our latest Kodachrome by Grace or Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

The Chamber: 195x

From the Library of Congress archive comes this orphan image, circa 1953, with no caption or other identifying information. What could this young man who looks like one of Captain Video's ranger cadets be up to? View full size.

Dance Palace: 1942

April 1942. "Hollywood, California. Sign and ticket window of a large dance palace." The Hollywood Palladium on Sunset Boulevard. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

The New Hotel: 1908

ROCHESTER, Sept. 13 — Rochester’s new hotel, the Seneca, will be opened tomorrow in time for the State Democratic Convention, which meets here Tuesday. The hostelry in size will compare with the Hotel Astor in New York. Its architecture is in a general way French Renaissance. Show More Summary

In Surgery: 1909

Detroit circa 1909. "Operating room" is all it says here, and we're sure whatever that is on the floor will mop right up. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

Temple of Beauty: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Mather Block, Woodward Avenue." Where merchants vying for your trade include Madame Mattlar's Temple of Beauty ("Corns removed, 25¢"), an outpost of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. (which also seems to deal in "Motorcycles Bicycles Phonographs"), Tuomy Bros. Show More Summary

Red White & Blew: 1943

Sometimes you just have to colorize. (The original black-and-white photo by Gordon Parks is here.) Selecting all those stars took forever! View full size.

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