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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Size Matters: 1943

Size Matters: 1943

February 1943. "Mrs. Mary Betchner measuring 105mm howitzers at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plant of the Chain Belt Company. Her son is in the Army; her husband and daughter are in war work." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Hugh and Lynn: 1943

Hugh and Lynn: 1943

December 1943. "Hugh and Lynn Massman sightseeing on their first day in Washington. Their baby is being taken care of in the nursery at the United Nations service center." Photo: Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size

 

Totaled: 1923

Totaled: 1923

1923. Assistant Postmaster General John Bartlett's car in Washington after an accident. Bartlett, a former governor of New Hampshire, survived. Details of the wreck, unfortunately, did not. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Freddie the Newsie: 1915

Freddie the Newsie: 1915

May 1915. Sacramento, California. "Freddie Kafer, a very immature little newsie selling Saturday Evening Posts and newspapers at the entrance to the State Capitol. He did not know his age, nor much of anything else. He was said to be 5 or 6 years old. Nearby I found Jack, who said he was 8 years old, and who was carrying a bag full of Saturday Evening Posts, which weighed nearly half of his own weight. The bag weighed 24 pounds, and he weighed only 55. He carried this bag for several blocks to the [street]car. Said he was taking them home." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Olga Cook: 1923

Olga Cook: 1923

Broadway actress Olga Cook, leading woman of the popular operetta "Blossom Time," in Washington in 1923. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Edward and Peary: 1923

Edward and Peary: 1923

1923. "Children of the famous snow baby. Edward Stafford Jr. and Peary Stafford, ages 4 and 2, grandchildren of the late Admiral Peary, discoverer of the North Pole. Their mother, Mrs. Edward Stafford, Peary's daughter, was born in the Arctic." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

440: 1923

440: 1923

1923 in Washington, D.C. "Start of a 440." View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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