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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Mother Caroline: 1939

Mother Caroline: 1939

July 1939. Orange County, North Carolina. "Caroline Atwater, wife of Negro landholder, in the yard of her double one-and-a-half-story log house, telling where she was born and how she came to this place." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

A Boy's Life: 1924

A Boy's Life: 1924

Circa 1924. "Boy with mechanical toy" by Lewis Wickes Hine, taken after his epic, decade-long assignment for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Let's Eat: 1939

Let's Eat: 1939

July 1939. "Congregation gathers after services to talk. Wheeley's [Wheeler's?] Church, Person County, North Carolina." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Mrs. Aks: 1938

Mrs. Aks: 1938

Summer 1938. Uncaptioned. Somewhere in Ohio, possibly Marysville. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Meet the Professor: 1935

Meet the Professor: 1935

October 1935. Resident of Omar, West Virginia, seen here recently. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Earl Smith: 192x

Earl Smith: 192x

Earl Smith, New York National League (Giants). Date written on this glass-plate negative is June 9, 1923. Although another from this 5181 series of pictures taken at the Polo Grounds has "5/13/20" scratched into the emulsion. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

January 1943. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Penasco, New Mexico, looking north into Colorado. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome by John Collier.

 
 
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