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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Madonna of the Spuds: 1943

Madonna of the Spuds: 1943

December 1943. "Lynn Massman, wife of a second-class petty officer who is studying in Washington, preparing dinner." View full size. Photograph by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

School Days: 1938

School Days: 1938

August 1938. "Child studying in school, Southeast Missouri Farms." Printed from a 35mm nitrate negative by FSA photographer Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Baby Elephant Dentist: 1924

Baby Elephant Dentist: 1924

Robert Ellen pulling the tooth of baby elephant "Futz" in 1924. View full size. 4x5 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 

Lowell, Massachusetts: 1941

Lowell, Massachusetts: 1941

January 1941. Middlesex Street in the textile mill center of Lowell, Massachusetts. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Trinity Bootblacks: 1924

Trinity Bootblacks: 1924

July 25, 1924. "Some of the young bootblacks working around Trinity Church, New York City." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cheney Silk: 1924

Cheney Silk: 1924

1924. South Manchester, Connecticut. "Cheney Silk Mills. Favorable working conditions." View full size. This picture, one of the last photographs Lewis Wickes Hine made over the span of some 16 years for the National Child Labor Committee, is among the relatively few he took using film.

 

Hi! I’m Poor!

Hi! I’m Poor!

A cheery WPA Art Project poster from 1940 for the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority. View full size. Old photos to resume in a few short hours.

 
 
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