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

Burning Sands: 1932

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Burning Sands: 1932

September 1932. "Iraq oil fields. Man with fires in desert." American Colony Photo Department, Matson Photo Collection. View full size.

 

Minute Service Station: 1925

Minute Service Station: 1925

1925. "Minute Service Station No. 3, 10th and E Streets N.W." A Standard Oil gas station in Washington, D.C. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Too Much Excitement: 1913

Too Much Excitement: 1913

"Summer Scene, New York" circa 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Beet Train: 1943

Beet Train: 1943

May 1943. More Mexican sugar-beet pickers headed north. "Mexican workers recruited and brought to the Arkansas valley, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota by the FSA to harvest sugar beets." View full size. Office of War Information.

 

More Mascots: 1917

More Mascots: 1917

New York, 1917. Another shot of the sailors and mascots aboard the U.S.S. Recruit, a mock battleship moored in Union Square as a Naval recruiting station. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Waiting: 1940

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Waiting: 1940

England, 1940-41. "Battle of Britain. Children in an English bomb shelter." British Information Service/U.S. Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Será la Victoria: 1943

Será la Victoria: 1943

May 1943. "Mexican workers recruited and brought to the Arkansas valley, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota by the Farm Security Administration to harvest sugar beets under contract with the Inter-mountain Agricultural Improvement Association." View full size. Office of War Information.

 
 
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