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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Learning to Walk: 1905

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Learning to Walk: 1905

A joyful baby takes a spin in a walker in 1905. View full size.

 

Rockville Fair Races: 1923

Rockville Fair Races: 1923

August 25, 1923. "Auto races at Rockville Fair." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Cigarette: c. 1908

The Cigarette: c. 1908

A portrait of a Sioux Indian smoking a cigarette. Photograph by John A. Johnson, c. 1908. View full size.

 

Is Bad at Times: 1913

Is Bad at Times: 1913

September 16, 1913. Jimmie Chinquanana [?], 11 Hamilton Street, New York. In dark, inner room of his home, in the rear of their store. He is the ninth child, six of whom are dead. Father abused the wife; drinks. Boy below grade; is bad at times. Further data in their files; #894 Nurse Investigator Records, Department of Public Charities. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine in cooperation with the Clearing House for Mental Defectives, 303 East 20th Street. View full size.

 

Sleigh Ride: 1940

Sleigh Ride: 1940

February 1940. Automobile transport carrying new Buicks in Chillicothe, Ohio. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

Wintry Mix: 1940

Wintry Mix: 1940

February 1940. Newsboy during a winter storm in Iowa City, Iowa. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size. Our readers point out the Englert Theater to the right, where "Balalaika" is playing.

 

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.

 
 
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