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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Nashville: 1864

Nashville: 1864

1864. View from the Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee. View full size. Wet collodion glass-plate stereograph negative by George N. Barnard.

 

Atlanta: 1864

Atlanta: 1864

1864. Union Army soldier at Confederate fortifications outside of Atlanta. Wet collodion glass-plate negative by George N. Barnard. View full size.

 

Tifton: 1909

Tifton: 1909

January 1909. Two of the "helpers" in the Tifton Cotton Mill at Tifton, Georgia. They work regularly. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cigarette Girl: 1911

Cigarette Girl: 1911

June 1911. Ethel Shumate. Has been rolling cigarettes in Danville (Virginia) factory for six months. Lives at 614 Upper Street. Said she was 13 years old, but it is doubtful. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Bureau of Standards: 1925

Bureau of Standards: 1925

February 19, 1925. "M.S. Strock measuring radio lengths at the Bureau of Standards." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection.

 

The Kodachrome Hills: 1942

The Kodachrome Hills: 1942

May 1943. "Nearly exhausted sulfur vat from which railroad cars are loaded. Freeport Sulphur Company at Hoskins Mound, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon, Office of War Information.

 

Balloon Wranglers: 1942

Balloon Wranglers: 1942

May 1942. Another shot of Marines training with barrage balloons at Parris Island, S.C. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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