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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BACK UP THE FIGHTING FORCES, WWII

Company Men: 1911

Company Men: 1911

January 1911. Pittston, Pennsylvania. "Four Breaker Boys working in #9 Breaker, Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania Coal Company. Boy on left is Tony Ross, 142 Panama Street. Other small boy is Mike Ross, cousin." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Crank It: 1924

Crank It: 1924

        UPDATE: JeffM was the first to identify our mystery listener as the actress-singer Irene Bordoni, immortalized in Cole Porter's lyric for "You're the Top."

January 3, 1924. New York. "_________  listening to records." If you recognize yourself here, speak up. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Mechanical Treatments: 1938

Mechanical Treatments: 1938

November 1938. "Apartment house. Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Store Greeter: 1942

Store Greeter: 1942

September 1942. "Park County, Montana. Oat harvest." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Live Better Electrically: 1938

Live Better Electrically: 1938

November 1938. "Houses near the Nebraska Power Company plant, Omaha." Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Matzo Bowl: 1926

Matzo Bowl: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Jewish Community Center bowling alley." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

And Away We Go: 1912

And Away We Go: 1912

July 10, 1912. "Karmnes [Karmner? Kaminer?] automobile (Overland touring car). Taken at barn-raising." With an Illinois tag. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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