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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

School Shooters: 1942

School Shooters: 1942

January 1942. "Cowboys and Indians" at the Farm Security Administration camp elementary school in Weslaco, Tex. View full size. Photo by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Hollywood's Loss: 1942

Hollywood's Loss: 1942

June 1942. Lockheed Vega aircraft plant at Burbank, California. "Hollywood missed a good bet when they overlooked this attractive aircraft worker, who is shown checking electrical sub-assemblies." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by David Bransby for the Office of War Information.

 

A Merry Xmas: 1940

A Merry Xmas: 1940

Australian soldiers at Christmas dinner in the Australian Club (old East Hotel) in Jerusalem between 1940 and 1946. View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Christmas in the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem circa 1940. View full size. 4x5 glass-plate negative, G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection.

 

Wish You Were Here: 1921

Wish You Were Here: 1921

1921. "Bathing Beach." Taking the waters somewhere along the Potomac River at Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Incubators of Doom: 1942

Incubators of Doom: 1942

February 1942. Cincinnati, Ohio. "A battery of 1,000- and 2,000-pound furnaces roaring threats to the Axis. These are rotary oil-fired melting furnaces at Aluminum Industries Inc. Destination of the finished aluminum products is kept secret." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Bedbug Alley: 1912

Bedbug Alley: 1912

November 1912. Central Falls, Rhode Island. View of privies, garbage dumps, etc., in back yards near Bed-bug Alley and High Street. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the Child Welfare Exhibit of 1912-13.

 
 
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