Shorpy June 16, 2017

“Lansburgh children, between February 1894 and February 1901.” 5×7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C.


 
 

Kansas City, Mo., circa 1906. “Kansas City Club, Wyandotte and 12th.” We count three up and three down. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative.


 
 

Charleston, South Carolina, 1937. “Old House, Henrietta and Elizabeth streets.” 8×10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.

Shorpy June 15, 2017

August 1918. “In the kitchen preparing food for wounded American soldiers in U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 41, at St. Denis, France. This was formerly a school for about 500 daughters of French army officers and officers of the Legion of Honor, and has now been loaned to the AMERICAN RED CROSS, which has equipped the building for the use of the U.S. Army.” 5×7 glass negative.


 
 

An old-school gasworks (back in the days before the widespread use of natural gas) where coal was heated to produce “city gas” or “illuminating gas,” which was so poisonously toxic that people inhaled it to commit suicide (“taking the gas pipe”). The tank-like structure, called a gasometer or gas holder, telescoped up and down depending on how much gas was inside, its weight serving to pressurize the system and push gas through the lines.
1937. “Charlotte Street Gas Works, Charleston, South Carolina.” 8×10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.


 
 

April 1943. The PBR R.R.: “Pabst Beer sign over the Illinois Central freight yard at South Water Street, Chicago.” Kodachrome by Jack Delano.


 
 

February 16, 1951. “Hahne & Co. department store in Montclair, New Jersey. Toward escalator. Fellheimer & Wagner, client.” Miss Marsha White, about to step out. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.

Shorpy May 09, 2017

Circa 1900. “Otis Elevating Railway, looking up toward Mountain House Hotel, Catskill Mountains, New York.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative.

San Francisco, 1919. “Marmon Limousine on Stockton Street at Union Square between Geary & Post.” 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.

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

Columbus, Georgia, 1948. “Kirven’s Department Store fashion show — Jere Pound.” But which dapper gent is Jere? 4×5 inch acetate negative.

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 March 13, 2017

September 1938. Chaplin, West Virginia. “Miner who has worked in mines since he was 14 and has tried to save money and have a better home, with his wife, suffering from bad bronchial condition and asthma.” Plus Junior underfoot. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration.

 

September 1938. “Coal miner’s wife and three of their children. Company house in Pursglove, Scotts Run, West Virginia.” Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration.

 

April 1943. Baltimore, Maryland. “Baltimore Transit bus with trolleys of 1917 vintage. Many old cars have been reconditioned because of wartime transportation pressure.” Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information.

Shorpy February 07, 2017

Detroit circa 1907. “Looking up Woodward Avenue from the Campus Martius.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

 

San Francisco, 1928. “Auburn at garage.” Right across whatever building that is reflected in the fender. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.

 

November 1942. Washington, D.C. “Negro mechanic for the Amoco oil company.” Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information

 

 

Shorpy February 04, 207

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1900. “The Arcade Building, Superior Avenue.” (Interior view here.) Ground-floor tenants include the Hat Box, Arcade Pants Parlors and, next door, a Misfit Clothing Parlor (a.k.a. Fitwell Clothing) and Chisholm’s Boot Shop. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

June 1940. “Melrose, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Son of one of the mulattoes working on the John Henry plantation.” Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration.

 

August 1940. “Farmer playing guitar on the porch in the evening. Near Natchitoches, Louisiana.” Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration