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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Late in the Day: 1942

Late in the Day: 1942

Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. View full size. Alternate version here. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J. Marucci barbershop and the A. Peterman clothing store.

 

Mustang Ranch: 1942

Mustang Ranch: 1942

October 1942. P-51 "Mustang" fighter planes being prepared for test flight near the North American Aviation plant in Inglewood, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Cutting Crew: 1911

Cutting Crew: 1911

August 1911, Eastport, Maine. All these boys are cutters in the Seacoast Canning Co., Factory #7. Ages range from 7 to 12. Seven year old boy in front, Byron Hamilton, has a badly cut finger, but helps his brother regularly. Behind him is his brother George, 11 years. He cut his finger half off while working. They and many other youngsters said they were always cutting their fingers. George earns $1 some days, 75 cents usually. Some of the others said they earn $1 when they work all day. At times they start at 7 A.M. Work all day, and until midnight, but the work is very irregular. Names of those in the photo are George Mathews, Johnny Rust, John Surles, Fulsom McCutchin (11 yrs.), Albert Robinson, Morris McConnell. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Byron: 1911

Byron: 1911

"I cut my finger nearly off, cutting sardines the other day." Seven-year-old Byron Hamilton of Eastport, Maine, earns 25 cents a day as a cutter at the Seacoast Sardine cannery. August 1911. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Amarillo Again: 1943

Amarillo Again: 1943

Amarillo, Texas, in March 1943. "General view of the city and the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad." View full size | Or even bigger. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. More Amarillo here and here.

 

Fort Johnson: 1865

Fort Johnson: 1865

A Civil War photograph from 1865 of Fort Johnson on Morris Island near Charleston, South Carolina. View full size | Closeup of the crates. Wet collodion glass plate, half of stereo pair. Note the tent with a brick fireplace.

 

Amethyst Twilight: 1942

Amethyst Twilight: 1942

December 1942. "Proviso departure yard of the Chicago & North Western R.R. at twilight." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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