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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

First Flight: 1942

First Flight: 1942

B-25 bombers on the outdoor assembly line at North American Aviation, almost ready for their first test flight. Kansas City, Kansas. October 1942. View full size. 5x4 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI.

 

B-25 Final Assembly

B-25 Final Assembly

1942. "B-25 bomber final assembly line at North American Aviation works, Inglewood, Calif." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

2 a.m. February 12, 1908

2 a.m. February 12, 1908

2 A.M. February 12, 1908. "Papers just out. Boys starting out on morning round. Ages 13 years and upward. At the side door of Journal Building near Brooklyn Bridge, New York." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

3rd Int'l Pageant of Pulchritude

3rd Int'l Pageant of Pulchritude

Third International Pageant of Pulchritude and Ninth Annual Bathing Girl Revue, June 1928. Galveston, Texas. View full size.

 

Birmingham Doffer: 1910

Birmingham Doffer: 1910

John Tidwell, doffer in Avondale Mills. Birmingham, Alabama. November 1910. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Popeye and Friends: 1911

Popeye and Friends: 1911

August 1911. "Arthur Chalifoux (4th boy from left), 3 Rand St. North Adams, Massachusetts. Works in Eclipse Mills." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Goes to Moving Picture Shows

Goes to Moving Picture Shows

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "William Gross, 516 Tatnall Street. Newsboy, 15 years of age. Selling papers 5 years. Average earnings 50 cents per week. Father, carpenter, $18 week. Selling newspapers own choice, to get money to go to moving picture shows. Visits saloons. Smokes sometimes. "Serves papers" to prostitutes. On May 25 William gave to investigator a list of houses of prostitution written in his own handwriting, to which he serves papers. He also tells a story of occasionally guiding strangers to these houses, for which he receives from 15 cents to a quarter." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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