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

Madison Square Garden: 1908

Madison Square Garden: 1908

New York, 1908. "Madison Square Garden ready for horse show." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Children's Aid: 1908

Children's Aid: 1908

New York, 1908. "Children's Aid Society." View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

A Tight Spot: 1941

A Tight Spot: 1941

December 1941. "Treads for Army halftracks, made of rubber firmly bonded to steel members, are cured under heat and pressure in molds which are first sprayed with a lubricant. Goodrich tire plant, Akron, Ohio." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Torch: 1942

Torch: 1942

April 1942. DeLand, Florida, machine shop pool. "Aircraft construction class. Clyde Williams, instructor in the Daytona Beach Vocational School, guides the hands of Marie Myers in the first steps of becoming an aircraft welder. Marie was a high school student taking a business course, when she gave it up for defense training entitling her to a high school diploma. She has two brothers in the Army." View full size. 4x5 negative by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information.

 

Sadie Singer: 1917

Sadie Singer: 1917

Boston, January 29, 1917. "Sadie Singer, 15 years old, racking flowers at the Boston Floral Supply Co., 347-357 Cambridge Street. Said to be the only flower factory in Massachusetts." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Good Earth: 1937

The Good Earth: 1937

January 1937. "Planting beans near Belle Glade, Florida." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Hello, Shoe: 1942

Hello, Shoe: 1942

New York, June 1942. "Nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project. Dressing a child after a nap." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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