Circa 1900. “The beach at Old Orchard, Maine — Ocean Pier and Hotel Velvet.” Which, following the curiously inevitable destiny of beach resorts surrounded by ashtray-grade sand and literal oceans of water, “burned like oil” in the Great Fire of 1907. 8×10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
Chicago circa 1907. “Illinois Central Railway station.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative by Hans Behm for Detroit Publishing Co.
The Pacific Northwest circa 1918. “Kissel Military Highway Scout Kar, America’s first camouflaged automobile,” seen earlier here, here and here. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.
May 1940. Southington, Connecticut. “Schoolgirl studying.” Medium format negative by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information.
March 26, 1954. “Becton Dickinson & Co., Rutherford, New Jersey. Glass wall.” Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.