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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Red and Blue: 1942

Red and Blue: 1942

June 1942. Bar Harbor, Maine. Plane of Coast Patrol #20 at the Civil Air Patrol base. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Piping Hot: 1942

Piping Hot: 1942

June 1942. Sheffield, Alabama. "Mrs. Hall prepares breakfast for her husband, Kenneth, before he leaves for work at the aluminum plant." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Bye, Daddy: 1942

Bye, Daddy: 1942

June 1942. Sheffield, Alabama. "Kenneth C. Hall leaves for work. Mr. Hall is a foreman in the hot rolling mill at the Reynolds Metals Company, an aluminum plant using Tennesse Valley Authority electricity. He lives in a TVA defense house with wife Helen Louise and daughter Peggy." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Some Assembly Required: 1942

Some Assembly Required: 1942

June 1942. "Installation of a third 30,000 kilowatt generator at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Cherokee Dam on the Holston River." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

All Smiles: 1942

All Smiles: 1942

June 1942. "Brooklyn, New York. Red Hook housing development. Nursery children at the Community Center. Some come from the surrounding neighborhood. About 100 children attend." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Cherokee Dam: 1942

Cherokee Dam: 1942

June 1942. Riveter atop a 250-ton hoist at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Cherokee Dam on the Holston River. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Omaha: 1938

Omaha: 1938

November 1938. Omaha, Nebraska. "Cars parked diagonally along a row of parking meters." View full size. Photograph by John Vachon for the FSA.

 
 
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