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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

1st Division Mechanics: 1864

1st Division Mechanics: 1864

October 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Mechanics of 1st Division, 9th Army Corps." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Mother and Child: 1936

Mother and Child: 1936

December 1936. Woodbury County, Iowa. "Mrs. Mary Kelsheimer and one of her sons on a tenant farm in Miller Township." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Bird's Point: 1937

Bird's Point: 1937

January 1937. "Working on the levee at Bird's Point, Missouri during the height of the flood." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Hasty Messenger: 1915

Hasty Messenger: 1915

May 1915. "Hasty messenger #2. Sacramento, California. See night messenger report." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Refugee: 1937

Refugee: 1937

January 1937. "Flood refugee in schoolhouse at Sikeston, Missouri." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Blueberry Girl: 1937

Blueberry Girl: 1937

August 1937. "Indian girl, daughter of blueberry picker, near Little Fork, Minnesota." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Mrs. Ostermeyer: 1936

Mrs. Ostermeyer: 1936

December 1936. "Hands of Mrs. Andrew Ostermeyer, wife of a homesteader, Woodbury County, Iowa." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 
 
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