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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Set a Spell: 1939

Set a Spell: 1939

July 1939. Gordonton, N.C. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Bertha May Graf: 1921

Bertha May Graf: 1921

February 5, 1921. "Miss Bertha May Graf, chosen the prettiest girl at suffrage headquarters in Washington, will be chief flower girl at the National Woman's Party convention." Miss Graf resides at 1429 Longfellow Street NW in the District of Columbia. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

A Distant Crossing: 1865

A Distant Crossing: 1865

Spring 1865. Children on Canal Bridge at the foot of Seventh Street in Richmond after the fall of the city. Left half of a glass-plate stereograph. View full size.

 

Eagle Scout: 1913

Eagle Scout: 1913

July 3, 1913. "Fun at camp." Boy Scouts in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Guitar Four Hands: 1942

Guitar Four Hands: 1942

Weslaco, Texas. The "musical Drake family," performing at a barn dance in the Farm Security Administration's Mercer G. Evans camp, February 1942. Medium-format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. Update: The fiddler is Nathan Drake, the younger boy is Jasper "Sleepy" Drake, and behind him is brother Weldon Drake. View full size.

 

Texas Saturday Night: 1942

Texas Saturday Night: 1942

February 1942. Weslaco, Texas. Saturday night dance at the Farm Security Administration camp with music by the Drake family. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

The Drakes: 1942

The Drakes: 1942

February 1942. Weslaco, Texas. Younger members of the Drake family, including the young man shown playing at the barn dance elsewhere in today's posts, at the Farm Security Administration's Mercer Evans camp. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. Update: The banjo player is Jasper "Sleepy" Drake; his sister Monnie is the guitarist.

 
 
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