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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

Simon Birdsong: 1914

Simon Birdsong: 1914

November 1914. Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Rosemary Manufacturing Co. Two violations. Simon Birdsong, left hand boy. "I'm about 12." His mother said: "He's old enough to work all right," but the boy admitted that she had to sign up that he was older than he was. He appears to be 10. Has had job doffing for several weeks. Could not write his own name. Has had no schooling after the 1st grade. Wylie Haw (right hand boy). Mother says he is 12 years old now. Been working 1 year. She is a widow. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

St. Augustine: 1865

St. Augustine: 1865

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1865. "View of town from bay." View full size. Wet-plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, by Samuel A. Cooley.

 

Family Plan: 1908

Family Plan: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. Wylie Mill. Boy with calf is Pamento Benson. Raising it for beef. Has worked in mill 2 years. Mr. Benson said, "Just as soon as the boys get old enough to handle a plow, we go straight back to the farm. Factory is no place for boys." Next to Pamento is Ray Benson, "helper in the mill." Next Clarence Rost, works in mill. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Stitch in Time: 1941

A Stitch in Time: 1941

December 1941. Seamstress in Puerto Rico. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Old San Juan: 1941

Old San Juan: 1941

December 1941. San Juan, Puerto Rico. "Apartment houses near the cathedral in old part of the city." View full size. Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Long John Loehler: 1921

Long John Loehler: 1921

1921. "John Loehler, George Washington University." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. John (1902-1992) was an architect.

 

Full Current: 1909

Full Current: 1909

On the left: "Full Current: Young woman using an electric device for massage and stimulation of her face and neck." On the right: "Chest Developer: Woman at dressing table holding electric vibrating machine against her chest." Royal Specialty Company, Cleveland, 1909. Library of Congress copyright deposit, series of five 8x10 photographs: "Chest Developer," "Full Current," "Feels Good," "I Always Use It," "Smoothing the Wrinkles." View full size.

 
 
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