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A Random Browse in the National Archives’ Public Vaults

Posted by havealittletalk on August 29, 2010

These photos are all from the Public Vaults collection found under National Archives Exhibits in the ARC Gallery of archives.gov.  Once I reached the Public Vaults page, I refined my search by de-selecting all but “Photographs & Other Graphic Materials,” which dropped the number of results from 1,049 to 504. 

The 504 images are not, as best I can tell, organized in any particular way. This makes for a random browse. To preserve the feel of visiting these pages, I haven’t imposed any order on the images I’ve selected for this sampling, either. 

Credit pictures to National Archives/ARC ID number. 

Photograph of a Lifeboat Carrying Titanic Survivors, 05/14/1912Photograph of a Lifeboat Carrying Titanic Survivors, 05/14/1912. ARC Identifier 278337

From ARC: This is a photograph of a lifeboat carrying Titanic shipwreck survivors. Original caption: “Boat No 6, 16, 11 women, 6 men, Miss Bowerman, Mrs. J. J. Brown, Mrs. Candee, Mrs. Cavendish, Mrs. Cavendish (Maid), Mrs. Meyer, Miss Norton, Mrs. Rothchild, Mrs. L. P. Smith, Mrs. Stine & Maid, Hitching Q. M.”

 

This is the grimmest wedding party I have ever seen: 

Photograph of a Group in Front of Metlakahtla Christian Mission Church Following a Wedding Ceremony in Metlakahtla, AlaskaPhotograph of a Group in Front of Metlakahtla Christian Mission Church Following a Wedding Ceremony in Metlakahtla, Alaska . ARC Identifier 297667

 

This next one looks like a cross between a junior high science fair project and an audition for a “Price is Right” hostess, but it is neither: it’s advice on stocking your personal bomb shelter. 

Photograph of Survival Supplies for the Well-Stocked Fallout ShelterSurvival Supplies for the Well-Stocked Fallout Shelter. ARC Identifier 542103 /Local Identifier 311-D-9(2)

 

No one is keeping his eyes on the man climbing the ladder, and even he is more interested in the photographer than in doing whatever made him climb that rickety ladder. 

Photograph of Men Testing the Subsurface by Drilling with Diamond Drills, 08/1910Photograph of Men Testing the Subsurface by Drilling with Diamond Drills, 08/1910. ARC Identifier 596095

 

 Most of the time you see “Whites Only” signs in pre-Civil Rights era photos. But here’s one with: “Colored Only Police Order.”

Photograph of a Shack for Negroes Only at Belle Glade, Florida, 04/1945Photograph of a Shack for Negroes Only at Belle Glade, Florida, 04/1945. ARC Identifier 594942

 

Don’t those hands look weird? I’m not convinced that the hands belong to the heads, if you know what I mean. 

Enemy Ears Are ListeningEnemy Ears Are Listening. ARC Identifier 514209

 

I don’t know what the story is behind this: 

Jell-O Box Exhibit Used in the Espionage Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell, 03/06/1951 - 03/29/1951Jell-O Box Exhibit Used in the Espionage Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell, 03/06/1951 – 03/29/1951. ARC Identifier 278774

 

Yet another example of an exercise in futility: 

Photograph of Prohibition Agents Destroying a BarPhotograph of Prohibition Agents Destroying a Bar. ARC Identifier 595674 / Local Identifier 306-NT-727-16

 

Photograph of a Workman on the Framework of the Empire State Building Workman on the Framework of the Empire State Building. ARC Identifier 518290

 

Photograph of Sketch of a D-Day Dress - Platoon LeaderPhotograph of Sketch of a D-Day Dress – Platoon Leader. ARC Identifier 596375 / MLR Number NM3 427 

Photograph of Flag Bearer for Women's Rights Standing Near White HousePhotograph of Flag Bearer for Women’s Rights Standing Near White House. ARC Identifier 594266

 

Photograph of Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House, 12/21/1970Photograph of Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House, 12/21/1970. ARC Identifier 1634221 

 

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Are We There Yet?

Posted by havealittletalk on September 4, 2009

Today’s images are all from the National Archives.

Before you leave home this holiday weekend, consider all options:

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Poster circulated in Philadelphia in 1839 to discourage the coming of the railroad. It reads in part: “Philadelphians, your RIGHTS are being invaded! regardless of your interests or the LIVES OF YOUR LITTLE ONES. THE CAMDEN AND AMBOY with the assistance of other companies without a Charter, and in VIOLATION OF LAW as decreed by your Courts, are laying a LOCOMOTIVE RAILROAD! RALLY PEOPLE in the Majesty of your Strength and forbid THIS OUTRAGE!” 30-N-46-1957. (american_cities_096.jpg)

Maybe they were right, considering the scene less than 60 years later.

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 Horse-drawn wagons and carriages, an electric trolley car, and pedestrians congest a cobblestone Philadelphia street in 1897.30-N-36713. (american_cities_100.jpg) [Archives]

This happy couple has chosen a gentler means of travel for their 1886 Washington tour. Would you call this a quadcycle?

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Archives 77-RP-7347-4. (american_cities_056.jpg)

Here’s another shot from 1886. These folks are in Loup Valley, Nebraska. No indication of where they started from or how long they’ve left to go.

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Archives: 69-N-13606C

In 1912, covered wagons shared the road with automobiles in Nebraska.042

Covered wagon with jackrabbit mules encounters an automobile on the trail near Big Springs, Nebr. By A. L. Westgard, 1912. 30-N-9OO6. [Archives]

Don’t forget to pack a picnic. Rifle optional.

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Officers and guests lunch under giant cactus near Fort Thomas, Arizona. February 18, 1886. 111-SC-83730

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