Monday, December 29, 2014


Greetings, all. I am announcing that this site will be on hiatus for around a month. I am finding that the time I have to devote to image preparation is more constrained lately and rather than feeling stressed about it I'm just taking some time off to build up my store of postable photos.

I will be back sometime in February. Happy 2015!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mack Hughes

 Lambda Chi formal, ca. 1950s
 Lambda Chi formal, ca. 1950s
 Lambda Chi formal, ca. 1950s
 Square dance, ca. 1950s
Square dance, ca. 1950s

Friday, December 26, 2014

Steffano Webb

 Tailoresses at work, clothing factory, Christchurch, 1911
 Turnbull and Jones, electrical engineers, staff at work in workshop, Christchurch, 1917
 Unidentified woman standing beside a Kinman cannon at Britomart Reserve, Akaroa, ca. 1920s
[There have been seven ships named "HMS Britomart". 
I suspect this is the one referred to in the picture.]
Victoria Street, Christchurch, with tram, ca. 1910
Steffano Webb Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas, Part 2

These Christmas photos are from Harris & Ewing.

 Elinor and Gloria, daughters of Capt. and Mrs. Emmett Gudger and granddaughters of Sen. Walsh of Montana, and their Christmas tree. 1930
 Elizabeth and J. Hamilton Fish, 3rd, children of Rep. and Mrs. J. Hamilton Fish of New York, and their attractive Christmas tree. 1930
 Group of children with Santa, 1930
 Perhaps the Rhineland grows bigger yule trees than this one, but these German kiddies are quite happy with the American product. They are Adelaide, Hubert and Charlotte, children of Rudolph Leitner, First Secretary of the German Embassy, and Mrs. Leitner. 1930
 The children of Sen. and Mrs. James J. Davis and their Christmas tree. The youngsters are Jewel, Joan, Jean, Jane and James, Jr., the five J's. 1930
 Xmas tree and children, 1930
These happy boys grouped about their Christmas tree are George, Jr., Clarkes, and Frederick, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. George Akerson. Mr. Akerson is President Hoover's Secretary. 1930

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas, Part 1

Photos of Christmas scenes from Lafayette Photo Studio.

 Baby next to Christmas tree, 1944
 Baby sitting next to Christmas tree, 1944
 Children opening presents beneath Christmas tree while parents watch, 1945
 Girl playing with a doll next to a Christmas tree, 1939
 Girl sitting next to Christmas tree, 1943
 Montgomery Ward Company, children's Christmas display, 1946
 Odd Fellows Hall, Christmas Party with Santa, 1942
Santa parade, 1935

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Russell Lee

 Lumberjacks near Littlefork, Minnesota, July 1937
 Mrs. Smallwood and her baby in the shack which they 
share with another family near Alvin, Wisconsin, April 1937
Rural school in session near Tipler, Wisconsin, April 1937

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Harris & Ewing

More uncaptioned photos from Harris & Ewing.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter in Boston

 Cart horse slips in the snow
 Wharf during Valentine's Day storm. Biggest storm in 50 years, 1940
Woman. Beauty of nature on the snow
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dorothea Lange

 Cotton camp near Exeter, California. The woman is a native of California, November 1936
 Eighteen year-old mother from Oklahoma, now a California migrant, March 1937
 Mobile housing--a trend. One of the many housecars under construction 
by homeless people who formerly lived in tents. California, May 1935
Near Calipatria, Imperial Valley, California. In grower's camp for migrant labor on the edge of the pea fields. Public health nurse interviews and advises prospective mother, aged seventeen, before arrival of first baby. Husband, aged twenty-three, is out picking. Made seventy-three cents this morning. February 1939

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Steffano Webb

 Men and women of a tennis club, 1880s-1920s
 Miss Symonds, driving through the crowd in a gig decorated with flowers, 
New Zealand International Exhibition of 1906-07, Christchurch
 Returned servicemen making a motorcycle side-car at 
Fewing and Company's factory, Christchurch, ca. 1920
Sumner Hotel, Grafton Road, Christchurch, 1909
Steffano Webb Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Louis Edward Nollau

 Farewell at train station, September 13, 1918
 Man and woman working on a piece of equipment
 Three young women surveying, ca. 1940s
Tree-lined path from Administration building to Euclid Avenue
[if you look closely you can see a ghosted image of a woman walking on the path]

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

S. S. Kresge

These photos of this department store (the Kresge chain would later become Kmart) are from Lafayette Photo Studio.

 S.S. Kresge & Company, interior display, 1949
 S.S. Kresge & Company, interior, 1948
 S.S. Kresge & Company, large group dressed in country 
attire gathered in front of soda fountain, 1949
S.S. Kresge & Company, lunch counter, 1934