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Photo of the Day – 03/10/17 (“Garbage In, Garbage Out”, 1943)

Daily Photo — “Garbage In, Garbage Out, 1943”

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It’s very interesting to see how little (and how much) trash truck technology has evolved in the past 70 years!

May 1943. “New York. Emptying garbage and trash from Harlem apartment houses.” Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. 

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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/22/17 (“The Romance of a People”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “The Romance of a People, 1942”

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I love the details you can see in the products displayed here.  And imagine having this shop and all these goods on display when you think about what was happening in Europe at this exact moment in 1942!  It’s an absolute testament to the freedoms we’ve always enjoyed here in America.

August 1942. “New York. Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broome Street.” Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. 

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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/16/17 (“Rainy Day Times Square”, 1943)

Daily Photo — “Rainy Day Times Square, 1943”

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Granted, this is showing a day in New York where it seems to be pouring out, but Times Square looks absolutely empty!  Compare this to what you might see there today.

March 1943. “New York, New York. Times Square on a rainy day.” Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. 

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/08/17 (“South Hill St., Los Angeles”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “South Hill St., Los Angeles, 1972”

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Another “then and now”, this time in sunny Los Angeles.  Unlike most of these you see in large, ever-evolving big cities, the buildings are are all remarkably well preserved here. — [GOOGLE MAPS]

April 1942. “South Hill Street, Los Angeles.” Now playing at the Warner: The Male Animal. Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.

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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/07/17 (“California from Sansome”, 1890s)

Daily Photo — “California from Sansome, 1890s”

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I’m on a “then and now” kick with these because I think they are fun, and hopefully you do as well, please let me know!

Today’s is a photo of San Francisco from sometime in the 1890s at the corner of California and Sansome Sts. and Google Maps shows the same location today.  Of course, much can change in 120 years, but I have to think that most of these buildings and structures were lost in the Earthquake of 1906.  Make sure you really zoom in and take a look at all the windows and signs, as they are the most interesting thing here!

San Francisco circa 1890s. “California Street from Sansome Street.” With a horsecar passing by. Copy negative of a photo by I.W. Taber. 

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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day — 02/02/17 (People’s Drug, 1922)

Daily Photo — “People’s Drug, 1922”

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I love photos like these that are a snapshot of a place at a moment in time.  Even better, now that we have Google Maps and street view, we can see what they look like today and now much (or little) has changed.  In this case, much has changed as the building seems to be completely gone, but still the property is used in the same way (almost) as a Vitamin Shoppe.– via Google.

What’s also very interesting here is how the merchandise is displayed and advertised, as opposed to drug stores/pharmacies today where you see more insurance and vaccination information in the windows than product.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. “People’s Drug Store No. 8, 14th Street & Park Road.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative. 

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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 01/27/17 (“Thomas the Tonsorialist”, 1937)

Daily Photo — “Thomas the Tonsorialist, 1937”

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I love photos like these that are a snapshot of a place at a moment in time.  Even better, now that we have Google Maps and street view, we can see what they look like today and now much (or little) has changed.  This building is still standing, albeit without the second door at 19th & Bainbridge.– via Google.

Tonsorialist: “Of or pertaining to a barber or his work; often used humorously, as ‘a tonsorial artist’ or ‘tonsorialist’”

Spring 1937. “Barber shop at 19th and Bainbridge Streets, Philadelphia.” If the twirling candystripes don’t pull you in, there’s always the psychedelic eyeball. Photo by Paul Vanderbilt for the Resettlement Administration. 

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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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