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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Tax Man: 1929

Tax Man: 1929

May 20, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Secretary Mellon laying cornerstone of Internal Revenue building." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

D.C. Dog Catcher: 1924

D.C. Dog Catcher: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catchers." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Four Pots a Day: 1913

Four Pots a Day: 1913

February 1913. Bluffton, S.C. Oyster shuckers at Lowden Canning. "Ten-year old Frank. Shucks four pots a day." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Lt. Custer and Pvt. Pup: 1862

Lt. Custer and Pvt. Pup: 1862

May 20, 1862. "The Peninsula, Virginia. The staff of Gen. Fitz-John Porter; Lts. William G. Jones and George A. Custer reclining." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war: the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair, by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

Mona Cornelia: 1896

Mona Cornelia: 1896

New York, 1896. Cornelia Montgomery in a studio portrait by Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Nick Grillo: 1942

Nick Grillo: 1942

May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. "As a boy in Italy, Nick Grillo dreamed of America and its opportunity. He saved enough money for boat passage to this country. Today, after 22 years, he is one of the world's outstanding floriculturists, developer of the famous Thornless Rose, an age-old dream of his craft." Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs. View full size.

 

Aeronautic Girls: 1929

Aeronautic Girls: 1929

September 9, 1929. "Girls of Aeronautic Division, Department of Commerce." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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