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

Hello to All the Folks Back Home: 1943

Hello to All the Folks Back Home: 1943

15-cent photo booth in the lobby at the United Nations service center at Washington, D.C. December 1943. View full size. Photograph by Esther Bubley.

 

The Last Thing You See: 1914

The Last Thing You See: 1914

"Clean Up Rubbish" notice on 4th and Madison Avenue streetcar, New York. October 1914. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Digging Out the Engineer: 1909

Digging Out the Engineer: 1909

March 3, 1909. Southern Railway wreck at Tye River, Virginia. A tampered switch derailed Southern No. 35, a mail train. Engineer H.C. Linn was slightly injured. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Madonna of the Sandbags: 1942

Madonna of the Sandbags: 1942

"Noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company." October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

You Say You Want to Take a Shower: 1943

You Say You Want to Take a Shower: 1943

The Control Room: Servicemen getting towels and soap from an attendant in the enlisted men's shower room at the United Nations service center in Washington. December 1943. View full size. Photograph by Esther Bubley. More here.

 

Art Star: 1943

Art Star: 1943

Touching up the U.S. Army Air Forces insignia on a "Vengeance" dive bomber manufactured at Consolidated-Vultee's Nashville division. February 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Thingamabobs for Victory: 1943

Thingamabobs for Victory: 1943

February 1943. "Capping and inspecting tubing that goes into the manufacture of the 'Vengeance' A-31 dive bomber made at Consolidated-Vultee's Nashville division." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 
 
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