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Postings of vintage photos from the mid 1800s through World War II. Most are lightly edited.
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  • 07/10/17--10:18: Melvin Vaniman
  • Melvin Vaniman (1866-1912), an American adventurer, singer, aeronaut and photographer, had a passion for taking photographs from unusual vantage points such as ship's masts and balloons. Vaniman arrived in Sydney in February 1903 and left Australia in August 1904. During that time he travelled extensively throughout the country.

     Bennelong Point, Circular Quay and Dawes Point, 1904
    Circular Quay from a ship's mast, 1903
    Blue Mountains scenery at Leura, 1903
    Harvesting wheat on Brundah Station, Grenfell, 1903
    Harvesting wheat, Narramine Station, Narromine, 1903

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    This appears to have been a project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency. Photos by John Collier.

     A Ridge project family and neighbors made a real holiday of the 
    installation of the new well. Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
    Children are always watching and waiting. Ridge well project, 
    Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
    Fourth generation from slavery. Grandfather Briscoe's 
    great grandchildren. Near Ridge, Maryland. Saint Mary's County, July 1941
    Front porch. No one dares sit out here anymore. John Briscoe farmhouse 
    near Ridge, Maryland. Saint Mary's County, July 1941
    Little John Fredrick stands on the outside "where the flies ain't so bad." 
    John Fredrick's privy, Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
    The Fredrick womenfolk shell snap beans. 
    Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
    Two supervisors and borrower talk over the home problem. 
    Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
    Washing clothes near the old well. Ridge well project, 
    Saint Mary's County, Maryland, July 1941
    Witching for water with a peach limb. Safe well demonstration, 
    Ridge, Maryland, Saint Mary's County, July 1941

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  • 07/12/17--07:29: Indiana University
  •  Summer prom, July 1947
    Sycamore Hall Recreation Room, May 1941
    Tea time, April 1939
    University School Lounge and Snack Bar, February 1944
    W.A.T.C. girls working on motor, December 1942
    Woman diving into pool, 1945
     Women in a dorm room, January 1948

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  • 07/27/17--05:48: Leslie Jones
  • Back with new posts. I am close to winding this up, probably in a week or so.

    Public playground, Boston area, 1917-34
    Rum runner Mary seized with $175,000 in liquor in 
    Dorchester Bay, brought in to Boston Waterfront, 1932
    Second party at Bill Marr's, Milton, April 1942
    Shirley Temple at child birthday party, July 1938
    Showgirls backstage
    Singers at the Apple Blossom Festival, Groton, ca. 1940
    Soldiers and their ladies in the front row. Probably World War II era
    Stars who will appear in the United Nations benefit show at the Boston Garden. 
    Left to right, Anne Miller, Jinx Falkenburg, and Evelyn Keyes, ca. 1942
    Tea room
    Team of horses plow snow on Tremont Street Mall, ca. 1930

    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection

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  • 07/28/17--08:25: Vintage Trondheim
  • Constitution Day in Ila Park, 1915
    Kitchen at Trøndelag exhibition, 1930
    Lunde family summer outing in Sæter, ca. 1915
    Nordregate, 1920s
    Taxi driver and his cab, 1917. The "balloon" on the roof is a container 
    for gas, which was used instead of petrol during WWI and a 
    couple of years later. Cabdriver is car owner Isak Garmo.

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  • 07/29/17--08:38: Great Patriotic War
  •  A column of German Tiger I heavy tanks and a MAN ML 4500 truck 
    of the 1st SS-Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler become 
    bogged down during the fight for Western Ukraine, November 1943
    A Soviet Army soldier feeds a Russian baby he has found abandoned 
    in an empty cabin in the village of Izvekov 14 March 1943
    Russian civilians in Murmansk watch an aerial battle between 
    Soviet and German pilots taking place over the city, 6 April 1943
    Russian civilians in Nevel greet Soviet troops with flowers following the liberation 
    of the city from German occupation following the Battle for Nevel, October 1943
    Russian civilians joyously greet a Soviet Naval Infantryman following the 
    liberation of Tagnarog from the occupying Germans, September 1943
    Soviet machine gunners take up positions on the banks of the 
    Dnieper River during the Battle of the Dnieper. September 1943
    Soviet soldiers battle through the ruins of a house in a village near Kiev during 
    the Battle of the Dnieper. The battle was one of the largest operations in 
    the war, involving almost 4,000,000 troops on both sides. September 1943
    Soviet soldiers help Russian refugees return to their homes following the Third Battle of Smolensk when Soviet forces of the 39th, 43rd and 10th Armies recaptured of the city and surrounding areas from Axis occupation. September 1943
    Soviet soldiers in a trench fire on a German plane during the 
    opening phase of the Battle of Kursk.  7 July 1943
    Soviet soldiers of 248th Separate Infantry Brigade greet Russian 
    civilians of a kolkhoz (collective farm) west of Kursk. February 1943
    Soviet soldiers of the 270th Rifle Division, Soviet 7th Guards Army, 
    begin a counteroffensive during the Battle of Kursk. 12 July 1943
    Soviet soldiers talk to recently liberated Russian civilians 
    in a small village near Rzhev, March 1943
    The Soviet commander of the Budak Company of partisans (left) 
    points out enemy German positions on a map to Komsosmol fighters 
    Mariya Yelnik and Pavel Kiselev. Near Kursk, February 1943
    Source: Anti-Worlds

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  • 07/30/17--13:17: G. G. Bain
  • Mexican rebels in action, 1910-15
    Motorcycle machine gun, 1915-20
    Orphans going to Coney Island, June 7, 1911
    Women in large carriage on street for Cleveland New Party
    Women's Motor Corps on Recruit, 1917-18
    Wright's new machine, ca. 1910

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  • 07/31/17--08:39: Vintage China
  • Greatest of China's statesmen - Li Hung Chang in the 
    court of his yamen, Tientsin, China, 1901
    Natives at breakfast, movable chow shop, Canton, 1919
    Newly married couple dining together for the first time, Canton, China, 1919
    Rich merchants dining with the singing girls, Peking, China, 1901
    Some of China's solemn daughters at recreation--
    recess at So. Gate Presbyterian Mission School, Shanghai, 1901

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  • 08/01/17--05:31: Vintage Vancouver
  •   Alexander House, 16th Avenue and Collingwood, Vancouver, 1912
    Carnival spectators, Vancouver, ca. 1920
    Fixing a flat tire, Vancouver, 1904
    Granville Street, Vancouver, 1907
    Mother and son, Fairview, Vancouver, September 10, 1899
    People watch a fire at Burrard & Dunsmuir, Vancouver, 1905
    Sally Rand, Hotel Vancouver, September 1943
    [Ms. Rand was a burlesque dancer.]
    Telegraphy class, King Edward High School, Vancouver, 1930
    Wrecked Chevrolet, Seymour & Nelson, Vancouver, 1920

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  • 08/02/17--10:04: Vintage SoCal
  • Linda Vista, San Diego, 1930
    Los Angeles, April 1942
    Mailing Christmas presents, Los Angeles, 1933
    May Co department store golden jubilee celebration, Los Angeles, 1931
    Mile High Ice Cream Parlor, Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1938
    Shoppers eating at outdoor tables at the Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles, 1942
    The Blue Goose Cafe, East 87th & South Main, Los Angeles, 1932
    The Cycletow, a motorcycle used by service stations to deliver 
    repaired cars to their owners, Los Angeles, 1932
    Wedding shower, Los Angeles, 1940
    West 9th Street & South Main Street, Los Angeles, 1940

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  • 08/03/17--07:34: Vintage Ireland
  • "A raal convanience - a woife," a country farm-yard in Ireland , 1903
    "An' phwat 'ill yer give me for me sheep"--Killarney, Ireland, 1901
    A Jolly group in the market-place, Galway, Ireland, 1902
    An old mother of Erin in her donkey cart going to 
    her son's funeral, County Kerry, Ireland, 1905
    Limerick boys and girls on their playground 
    by famous Treaty Stone of 1691, 1903
    Picturesque life and customs of an Irish village, 1901
    Starting out for town, market day in Ireland, 1903
    Vegetable market and bridge over the river 
    Shannon (E.), Athlone, central Ireland, ca. 1903

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  • 08/04/17--08:48: Vintage Alberta
  • Ballet dancers, Vermillion Lakes, Alberta, July 1957
    Banff, Alberta, 1952
    Lunch overlooking the mountains, Alberta, 1953
    Mrs. C. Hamill paints a scene from roadside 
    in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, 1952
    Queen Elizabeth at Lake Louise, Alberta, July 1959
    RCMP constable Wright and police dog named 
    Rough, Calgary, Alberta, August 1948
    Students paint the scenery, Banff national park, Alberta, July 1957
    Water skiing at Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, August 1961

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  • 08/05/17--09:03: Detroit Publishing
  • Coney Island, entrance, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1900-15
    Skating on Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Michigan, 1895-1910
    Steamer Islander nearing Frontenac wharf, Round Island, NY, 1890-1901
    The Bi-Pass, Mt. Tom Railway, Massachusetts, 1900-15
    The Fishing pier, Chicago, Illinois, 1910-20
    The Hippodrome, Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio, ca. 1905
    The Lake, Central Park, New York, ca. 1905
    Three little maids agoing to sea, 1900-05
    U.S.S. New York, Admiral Sampson's son and "Pitch" the mascot, ca. 1899

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  • 08/06/17--06:50: Eugène Trutat
  •  Anglers
    Assier - enfants Murat, 30 June 1901
    Botanical garden, canal and bridge, 8 August 1900
    Dancer from Ceylon with embossed silver helmet
    Mme…, Luchon, ca. 1900
    Monte Carlo. On the terrace, April 1904
    Toulouse. Entrance to the bridge, 25 June 1899
    Valley of Bethmale, Ariège. Group of spinners using feet
    Vallée d'Aran, July 1899
    Source: Wikimedia Commons

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  • 08/07/17--07:32: Vintage Japan
  • Japanese (9th Reg. 4th Div.) ready for battle - awaiting orders 
    for the advance - siege of Port Arthur, 1905
    Peasant praying before long row of images of the God of Light. 
    South bank Diya river, Nikko, Japan, ca. 1904
    Street advertisers, Japan, 1905
    The Ginza (looking north) the most important 
    thoroughfare in Tokyo, Japan, ca. 1904
    The principal thoroughfare of busy Tokyo, Japan, 1905
    Watching a free show, on Theatre Street, looking north 
    to Asakusa Tower, Tokyo, Japan, 1904
    Women and children of a Japanese family in Uyeno park, 
    during the Cherry-blossom festival, Tokyo, Japan, 1904

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  • 08/08/17--09:33: Beatles

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  • 08/09/17--09:18: Prairie Towns
  • Kensington Lake, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan
    Vera Hunt and Branch, Broadview, Saskatchewan
    Viola School, Bulyea, Saskatchewan, after 1905
    Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
    Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
    Girl in an ox cart, Kindersley, Saskatchewan, 1912
    Kindersley, Saskatchewan
    Off to war, Kindersley, Saskatchewan, August 17, 1914
    Source: Prairie Towns

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  • 08/10/17--07:25: Indiana University
  • Daubers Club Christmas Party, December 1944
    Fifth grade class victory garden, July 1942

     Fletcher Henderson and His Band at Summer Prom, August 1942
     Girls buying defense bonds, 1942
     Miss Junior WAVE, March 1944
     Omicron Nu tea, March 1944
     W.A.T.C. map studying and planning, September 1942
    WAVE dance, November 1943
    WAVES getting breakfast in cafeteria, October 1942
    Source: Indiana University Photo Collections

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  • 08/11/17--09:24: Road Trip 1954
  • On July 31, 1954, freelance photographer Rosemary Gilliat and her girlfriends, Anna Brown, Audrey James and Helen Salkeld, packed up Helen’s Plymouth station wagon and began their 12,391-kilometre road trip across Canada. During the next 38 days, they crossed five provinces and four states, travelling through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota, and returning to Ottawa on September 6. This is part two of the road trip photos.

    Who likes washing dishes anyway...Kenora, Ontario, August 4, 1954

    Makeshift bath in Prairies. Audrey James washing up, 
    Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, August 5, 1954

    Helen Salkeld and Anna Brown feeding pigs, 
    Portage-la-Prairie camp, Manitoba, August 5, 1954
    Anna Brown, Audrey James, Helen Salkeld and two 
    cowboys, Brandon, Manitoba, August 6, 1954
     Anna Brown getting dressed at a campsite, vicinity of 
    Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, August 7, 1954
    Main street in a small town in the Prairies, Saskatchewan, August 7, 1954
    Audrey James walking on a bridge 
    in southern Saskatchewan, August 8, 1954
    Anna Brown at the Salkeld family farm, 
    Eston, Saskatchewan, August 9, 1954
    Anna Brown and ferry operator Mr. Weekes on Lancer Ferry, 
    South Saskatchewan River, August 10, 1954
    Saskatchewan Prairie town, August 10, 1954
    Helen Salkeld, Anna Brown and Audrey James setting up 
    their camp by the Oldman River, Alberta, August 10, 1954
    Audrey James and Anna Brown by the 
    Oldman River, Alberta, August 11, 1954

    Source: BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives Canada

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  • 08/12/17--09:34: Nazi Germany in Color
  •  8cm. GrW 34 instruction
    A Heinkel He 111 P-2 "CA+NA" (Werknummer 2471) part of "Fliegerstaffel des Führers" (Führer's Air Squadron) in the spring of 1942 during a visit by Adolf Hitler to an airfield in the Southern sector of the Eastern Front
    Adolf Hitler watching parades at the Reichs Veterans Day
    German barracks
    German motorcycles
    Kriegsmarine parade on Reichs Veterans Day
    Reichs Veterans Day

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  • 08/13/17--08:38: Leslie Jones
  • Tech Rush, MIT, Cambridge
    The Duke & Duchess of Windsor being interviewed in 
    their suite at the Ritz-Carlton, September 23, 1943
    Three boys in sailor suits
    Tunnel going under Chinatown, Beach and Albany Streets, July 27, 1956
    Two bathing girls at Revere Beach, 1919
    Two horses - "Who are you?" ca. 1935
    Two men and uniformed woman riding bikes, 1940s
    Two men passed out on park bench, 1948
    Two women perform in TV studio, probably 1950s
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection

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  • 08/14/17--09:25: Vintage Ireland
  • Bathing Place at Portrush, Co. Antrim, ca. 1900
    Kane Temperance Tea Rooms, Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim
    Street, Navan, ca. 1920s
    Tunnel Cottage, Glengariff, Co. Cork, 1906
    Two little girls who may be the Quinn sisters. Photo probably taken somewhere on or near the Clonbrock Estate owned by the Dillon family in Ahascragh, Co. Galway, 1903
    University Boat Club, Kilmainham, ca. 1898

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  • 08/15/17--06:09: Vintage Alberta
  • Eleven women in a play, Wetaskiwin, 1930
    Helen McCalla with squash, August 29, 1915
    Last Harvesters' Excusion Train
    Making sheaves for harvest, Little Smoky, Alberta, 1946
    McCalla family in skates on log in ravine near Edmonton, 1914
    Woman with rifle, ca. 1915
    Christmas at the Bamber home, December 1919
    Christmas sleigh ride, Fort McMurray, 1926
    Schofield family Christmas, Mountain Park, 1933

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  • 08/16/17--09:34: Misc Vintage
  • Some random photos. I really like the sense of fun in some of these.

    Family group, Isle of Man, 1893-94
    Girls with carriage, July 4, 1912

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  • 08/17/17--08:48: Prairie Towns
  • Carnival, Leader, Saskatchewan, August 20, 1917
    Derrick built by schoolboys, Lancer, Saskatchewan
    Kaiser Wilhelm Ave., Langenberg, Saskatchewan
    [pre-WW1, I'm guessing]
    Lang, Saskatchewan
    Lanigan Hotel, Lanigan, Saskatchewan
     Loverna, Saskatchewan
    ["field mice air conditioned the sod" :)]
    Luseland, Saskatchewan
    Lashburn Fair, Saskatchewan, 1911
    Lashburn, Saskatchewan, 1908
    Lashburn, Saskatchewan
    Sir Wilfred Laurie visits Lashburn, Saskatchewan
    [Prime Minister of Canada from 1896 to 1911]
    Source: Prairie Towns