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

Tony the Bobbin Boy: 1911

Tony the Bobbin Boy: 1911

November 1911. Chicopee, Massachusetts. Tony Soccha [Scocca?], 65 Exchange Place. Bobbin boy in #7 Room at Dwight Manufacturing; been working there for a year. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Highland Park: 1942

Highland Park: 1942

1942. Chrysler Corporation plant at Highland Park, Detroit. "Applying automobile production methods to machining of 40 mm. anti-aircraft gun barrels in a former automobile plant. Five cutting instruments work at the same time. Under the old single-operation methods of gunmaking, only one of these could work at one time. Automobile workers are proud of the improvement." Medium format safety negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The New Chrysler: 1942

The New Chrysler: 1942

1942. Chrysler Corporation plant at Highland Park, Detroit. "Conversion. Here, in a former automobile plant, 40 mm. anti-aircraft gun barrels are machined and made ready for front-line duty. Since they must shoot fast-moving objects at great distances, they must be finished to the very finest of tolerances." Medium format negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

iPod 1.0

iPod 1.0

"Amplifiers at Bolling Field, 1921." Two giant horns with ear tubes, evidently designed to listen for approaching aircraft. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

New York: 1908

New York: 1908

Manhattan, looking northeast from atop the Singer Building in 1908. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

April 1943. South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad at Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Gee's Bend: 1937

Gee's Bend: 1937

February 1937. Gee's Bend, Alabama. Descendants of former slaves of the Pettway Plantation. They are still living under primitive conditions there. Meat in sacks hangs from tree limbs to be cured. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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