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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

War Clouds: 1942

War Clouds: 1942

One of a series of chemical-plant smokestacks photographed by Alfred Palmer in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Akron, Ohio, in 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency for the Office of War Information.

 

A Wrinkle in Time: 1865

A Wrinkle in Time: 1865

Spring 1865. A closeup of the young ladies shown in an earlier post of the Canal Bridge at Seventh Street in Richmond, Virginia. View full size.

 

Doctor Davidge: 1935

Doctor Davidge: 1935

October 1935. "Residents of Amite City, Louisiana." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

High Octane: 1942

High Octane: 1942

August 1942. "Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem.

 

Mill Winder: 1908

Mill Winder: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, S.C. Soarbar Seris has worked off and on in the mill for five years, more nights than daytime. Winds at Maples Mills. Gets 70 cents and up. "Reckon I'm about 14." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers: 1938

Red Hot Chili Peppers: 1938

October 1938. Musicians playing accordion and washboard in front of a store near New Iberia, Louisiana, the home of Tabasco pepper sauce. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Not by Bread Alone: 1941

Not by Bread Alone: 1941

April 1941. "Abandoned building, South Side of Chicago." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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