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Shorpy May 08, 2017

June 16, 1923. “Semaphore signals — Boy Scouts at Lincoln Memorial.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
EVENTS 1. COMPASS 2. SEMAPHORE SIGNAL 3. FIRST AID 4. INT’N’L MORSE SIGNAL 5. FIRE BY DRILL 6. TENT PITCHING and (saving the best for last) 7. FIRE BEDS & WATER BOILING


 
 

May 1, 1943. “South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

Shorpy May 07, 2017

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. “F.R. Hudzik & H.W. Hornbrook.” And that’s all they wrote. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.


 
 

October 23, 1959. “Bloomingdale’s in Hackensack, New Jersey. Clothing, children 1 to 3. Raymond Loewy, client.” This, kids, is a department in a department store, a place people went back when “shopping” meant actually leaving the house. 4×5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.

Shorpy May 06, 2017

St. Louis, Missouri, circa 1900. “Broadway north from Olive Street.” A nice view of the Homeopathic Pharmacy sign. 8×10 glass negative.


 

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “Semmes Motor Co. — Hellmann’s truck.” Back when mayonnaise delivery was a thing. 8×10 inch glass negative.


 

December 1940. “Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts.” These houses, which look to have been built in the 1890s, must have been imposing in their day. Note the elaborate woodwork and intricate system of gutters and downspouts. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

Shorpy May 05, 2017

Fast-forward one year: The Detroit hard at work.
Ecorse, Michigan, 1904. “Great Lake Engineering Works. Steamer Detroit, Michigan Central Transfer, stern quarter.” Or would that be Tiorted? 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


 
 

San Francisco, 1919. “Grant Six touring car at Alta Plaza Park.” Manifesting a variety of conveyances for young and old, in this latest psalm from the Shorpy Bible of Bygone Buggies. (Footnote: running-board doormat.)


 
 

Time flies like B-25’s. Another Kodachrome from the Early Days of Shorpy, enlarged and re-restored.
October 1942. “B-25 bomber assembly hall, North American Aviation, Kansas City.” Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI.


 
 

Chicago circa 1958. “Crime” is all it says on this News Archive photo — a whodunit whose clues are a boy, a kitchen, a box and some handcuffs.

Shorpy May 04, 2017

Circa 1895. “Hasamaear, Washington baseball.” Fan favorite William “Roaring Bill” Hasamaear keeps his eye on the ball, such as it is. 5×7 inch glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C.


 
 

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. “U.S. Capitol, West Front.” Senate chamber on the left; House of Representatives on the right. 8×10 glass negative.


 
 

One of our first posts from 10 years ago, enlarged and re-restored.
March 1943. “Santa Fe R.R. locomotive shops at Topeka, Kansas.” 4×5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.


 
 

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1948. “Kitchen display — Tappan stove.” 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.

Shorpy May 03, 2017

Buffalo, New York, circa 1904. “Main Street.” Landmarks on view include the Buffalo Savings Bank dome and Hengerer’s department store. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


 
 

Washington, D.C., 1915. “Dr. Thomas J. Kemp residence, 15th Street and Massachusetts Avenue N.W.” The doctor had been in the news by virtue of his trial (and acquittal) on charges of violating the District’s pharmacy laws after he prescribed and sold morphine to an alleged drug addict


 
 

March 1943. “Santa Fe streamliner Super Chief being serviced at the depot in Albuquerque. Servicing these Diesel streamliners takes five minutes.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI.

Shorpy May 02, 2017

Circa 1905. “Children’s Day May pole dance, Central Park, New York.” 8×6 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

1919. “Paige touring car at San Francisco Golf Club.” Our second look at the “driving” range. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.

One of our first posts 10 years ago, enlarged and re-restored.
April 1943. “Illinois Central R.R. freight cars in South Water Street terminal, Chicago.” Judging by the clock, this was a five-minute time exposure. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

Chicagoland circa 1956. “Peanut man at Havva Hosiery Mills.” Piloting (pedaling?) a one-cylinder King Midget. 4×5 inch acetate negative.

Shorpy May 01, 2017

Washington, D.C., circa 1905. “A.C. Duganne, Technical High School.” Track and field athlete Alfred C. “Duke” Duganne (1887-1964). 5×7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio.

“40 cents no less.”
June 1937. “Packing company strike. Cambridge, Maryland.” Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

Shorpy April 30, 2017

Manhattan circa 1910. “U.S. Custom House, New York, N.Y.” The Alexander Hamilton Custom House, completed in 1907 at 1 Bowling Green. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

 
 

Washington, D.C., 1935. “NO CAPTION.” Yet another nameless notable whose fame did not outlast her photo, and a reminder that, after we take that big black train from Union Station, 99.9 percent of us will eventually be completely and utterly forgotten. Harris & Ewing glass negative.

 
 

October 1942. “The careful hands of women are trained in precise aircraft engine installation duties at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.” Kodachrome by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 
 

“Truck fire.” A burned-out, watered-down International somewhere in Oregon. 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.

Shorpy April 29, 2017

August 1942. “New York, New York. Waiting for trains at Pennsylvania Station.” Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

Alternate title: Gingerbread Horse. (Originally posted in 2007.)
May 1943. Houston, Texas. “Old house with fruit stand on Franklin Street.” 4×5 inch Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

June 1947. “Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat and 11-month-old son Kent.” Photo by Stanley Kubrick for the Look magazine assignment “Strong Man’s Family.” Look Photograph Collection, Library of Congress.

From circa 1956 and Anytown, USA, comes this captionless snap of two young ladies and a broiler tray of chops, next to a chair with our name on it. “Bone” appetit! 4×5 negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.