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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

War Machine: 1941

War Machine: 1941

Another selection from the LOC archives of Alfred Palmer's strikingly composed large-format black-and-white transparencies shot in December 1941 at factories in Akron and Cleveland. White Motor Company, Cleveland, Ohio. "Halftrac scout cars. Putting precision-made pistons assemblies into precision-made cylinders is a job that fits this former auto worker. The engine will be the power plant of an Army halftrac scout car. The Midwest plant that is turning it out has trained American automotive workers for every job on the line." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Family Portrait: 1936

Family Portrait: 1936

December 1936. Dickens, Iowa. "Part of the L.H. Nissen family of ten living in a three-room shack. Rest of family at school. The whole house was of unusually high humidity. The wife said they could not dry out the bedding because of the poor ventilation. This is the living room and kitchen combined." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Washstand: 1936

Washstand: 1936

December 1936. "Washstand in corner of kitchen of Edgar Allen's home on farm near Milford, Iowa. Contrast this with washstand picture of Harry Madsen farm, tenant house." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

 

Watchers: 1938

Watchers: 1938

October 1938. Cincinnati, Ohio. "Watching the sesquicentennial parade go by." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Down and Out in Omaha: 1938

Down and Out in Omaha: 1938

November 1938. "Unemployed man. Omaha, Nebraska." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Spelling It Out: 1920

Spelling It Out: 1920

April 15, 1920. Washington, D.C. A timeless message from the tots seen earlier today in the previous post. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Earth Day: 1920

Earth Day: 1920

April 15, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Tree planting." View full size. I looked high and low for a good CCC photo in honor of Earth Day, but they were all disappointingly low-res. So it's a National Photo glass negative to the rescue.

 
 
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