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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Rescue Methods: 1917

Rescue Methods: 1917

1917. "Mrs. Van H. Manning. U.S. Bureau of Mines. Mine rescue methods. There were 750,000 men employed in coal mining in 1915, and of this number 2,264 were killed -- 190 less than in 1914 and 521 less than in 1913. 'This is the most gratifying report the Bureau of Mines has been able to make since it was established,' says Van H. Manning, director of the bureau. 'It indicates very forcibly to me that "safety first" has come to stay in the coal-mining industry.' " Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

New and Improved: 1924

New and Improved: 1924

1924. "Bureau of Standards. New and improved measuring board for U.S. Children's Bureau." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

And It Comes Out Here: 1930

And It Comes Out Here: 1930

1930. "The hen with the mechanical internal organs surprised visitors at the World's Poultry Congress in London by giving a brief lecture on how she utilized her food to make eggs. Prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

State, War, Navy: 1917

State, War, Navy: 1917

Washington circa 1917. "State, War & Navy Building, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

U.S. Treasury: 1910

U.S. Treasury: 1910

"Treasury, 15th Street and Executive Avenue." A circa 1910 glass negative showing water damage. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Wired: 1920

Wired: 1920

"Interior Department, Bureau of Mines." Another circa 1920 view of research activities at the bureau's Washington offices. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

The Crucible: 1920

The Crucible: 1920

Circa 1920. "Bureau of Mines, Department of Interior, Washington." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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