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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIAN KOALA, 1930s

Film Noir: 1941

Film Noir: 1941

January 1941. "Foggy night in New Bedford, Massachusetts." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano. Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Aliquippa: 1941

Aliquippa: 1941

January 1941. "Street in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano. Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Golden Girl: 1926

Golden Girl: 1926

"Miss Marjorie Joesting, August 2, 1926." Our third look at Marjorie, a Miss Washington, D.C., who was runner-up at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Crackerbox: 1940

Crackerbox: 1940

January 1940. "Family living in a 'crackerbox' slum tenement in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Mauch Chunk: 1940

Mauch Chunk: 1940

August 1940. "Polish family living on High Street in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania." Medium format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

Pittsburgh: 1940

Pittsburgh: 1940

January 1940. "Long stairway in mill district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

Measurements: 1937

Measurements: 1937

July 23, 1937. "To enable fathers and mothers to order clothes with the confidence that a size 8 or 10 is all it's supposed to be in length and breadth, the Bureau of Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is leading a project in which colleges and universities will cooperate to discover the clothing dimensions needed by today's children. Special attention is being paid to racial characteristics, as the experts believe that race and neighborhood have something to do with a youngster's size. Dr. Eleanor Hunt, associate anthropometrist, Bureau of Home Economics, is shown training one of the first classes on scientific measurement of the human body." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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