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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The Stuff Under the Stairs

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The Stuff Under the Stairs

Detail view of this shot of the attic stairs at Woodburn. Photograph by Jack Boucher, Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

Woodburn: 1960

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Woodburn: 1960

Entrance hall and stair at Woodburn, a circa 1830 plantation house at Pendleton, South Carolina, before its restoration in 1960. View full size. Photograph by Jack Boucher, Historic American Buildings Survey.

 

Merilda: 1911

Merilda: 1911

September 1911. Merilda carrying cranberries at Eldridge Bog near Rochester, Mass. Witness Richard K. Conant. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Straw Bed Shack: 1909

Straw Bed Shack: 1909

Circa 1909. Straw beds and footlockers in shack occupied by berry pickers. Anne Arundel County, Maryland. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Meet the Rommels: 1915

Meet the Rommels: 1915

October 30, 1915. Vicinity of Fort Collins, Colorado. "Jacob Rommel and his family live in this roomy shack, well-furnished, with a good range, organ, etc. They own a good home in Fort Collins, but late in April they moved out here, taking contract for nearly 40 acres of beets, working their 9 and 10 year old girls hard at piling and topping (although they are not rugged) and they will not return until November. The little girl said, "Piling is hardest, it gets your back. I have cut myself some, topping." The older girl said, "Don't you call us Russians, we're Germans" (although most of them were born in Russia). Family been in this country eleven years." View full size. Caption and photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Rose Biodo, Cranberry Carrier: 1910

Rose Biodo, Cranberry Carrier: 1910

Sept. 28, 1910. Whites Bog at Brown Mills, New Jersey. Ten-year-old Rose Biodo, 1216 Annan St., Philadelphia. Working three summers. Minds baby and carries cranberries, two pecks at a time. Fourth week of school and the people here expect to remain two weeks more. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Into the Light: 1910

Into the Light: 1910

September 29, 1910. Upper-floor hallway opening onto 12 rooms in large shack occupied by cranberry pickers on Forsythe's Bog, Turkeytown, near Pemberton, New Jersey. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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