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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Early to Work: 1909

Early to Work: 1909

June 10, 1909. 6 a.m. Warren, Rhode Island. "Boys going to work in Warren Manufacturing Company. Plenty of youngsters here." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Con Carny: 1939

Con Carny: 1939

Summer 1939. Carnival at Bozeman, Montana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Newport: 1902

Newport: 1902

"The Sketch." 1902. Beatrice Baxter Ruyl in Newport, Rhode Island. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Tipping Point: 1909

Tipping Point: 1909

New York, 1909. Balkline billiards champion Calvin Demarest, six years before he was committed to an insane asylum after attacking his wife with a knife. He died in 1925 at the age of 37. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. You can see Calvin in action at the pool table here.

 

Proviso Departure: 1943

Proviso Departure: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. More of those yellow Proviso rails. "General view of one of the departure yards at Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

The Latest Thing: 1919

The Latest Thing: 1919

July 26, 1919. Washington, D.C. "Bathing beach parade." View full size. National Photo Company. Vertical stripes -- so flattering to a girl's figure.

 

Heavy Duty: 1941

Heavy Duty: 1941

December 1941. "The ordnance department must satisfy itself that every halftrac scout car turned over to it by a Midwest manufacturer is fit for Army duty. The department's own inspector gives it a thorough going over from bumper to bumper. White Motor Company, Cleveland, Ohio." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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