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

Tintype Cowboy: 1939

Tintype Cowboy: 1939

A tintype cameraman on a San Antonio, Texas, street. Photo by Russell Lee, March, 1939. View full size.

 

Leatherman Jr.: 1940

Leatherman Jr.: 1940

Sons of Mr. Leatherman ride in a burro-drawn cart in Pie Town, New Mexico. Photo by Russell Lee, June, 1940. View full size.

 

Dime Cut: 1939

Dime Cut: 1939

March 1939. "Mexican barber. San Antonio, Texas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Fiesta Bawl: 1940

Fiesta Bawl: 1940

A Spanish-American fiesta in Taos, New Mexico. Photograph by Russell Lee, July, 1940. View full size.

 

A Million Newsstand Readers: 1937

A Million Newsstand Readers: 1937

Children browse a street market in Washington, D.C. Photograph by John Vachon, November, 1937. View full size.

 

This Man May Die: 1943

This Man May Die: 1943

Private Ivan A. Smith, editor of the Camp Hood Panther, at Camp Hood, Texas, originated this novel method of reminding fellow soldiers to practice discretion. From the Office of War Information, 1943. View full size.

 

Air Travel in Africa: 1936

Air Travel in Africa: 1936

Travelers board an aircraft in an unknown region of Africa. From the Matson Photo Service, 1936. View full size.

 
 
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