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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Home of Eva: 1939

Home of Eva: 1939

More from the 1939 carnival in Bozeman, Montana. View full size. 35mm negative by Arthur Rothstein, who by the time the decade was out had photo- graphed pretty much every square inch of North America. Anyone got a dime?

 

Sixty Special: 1941

Sixty Special: 1941

July 1941. Cadillac Fleetwood parked on a Chicago street. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Rear Window: 1938

Rear Window: 1938

July 1938. Back alley showing housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Evicted: 1939

Evicted: 1939

January 1939. An evicted sharecropper among his possessions in New Madrid County, Missouri. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Ambridge Alley: 1938

Ambridge Alley: 1938

July 1938. Another view of "housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, home of the American Bridge Company." View full size. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. While I guess the point here is the decrepit nature of the neighborhood, it looks to have been a great place to grow up. Like something from a Neil Simon play.

 

Shady Characters: 1941

Shady Characters: 1941

July 1941 in Caldwell, Idaho. "Two boys read storybooks in the shade." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size. Below: Their kid-size tree.

 

Crossing Dearborn: 1941

Crossing Dearborn: 1941

July 1941. Crossing Dearborn Street in Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. What's the street we're looking down?

 
 
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