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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Marcella and Viola: 1943

Marcella and Viola: 1943

April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Marcella Hart and Viola Sievers, wipers for the Chicago & North Western Railroad, cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Carr Fork Canyon: 1942

Carr Fork Canyon: 1942

Carr Fork Canyon as seen from the "G" Bridge, Bingham Copper Mine, Utah. Nov. 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 

Oscar Weston: 1911

Oscar Weston: 1911

June 1911. "Oscar Weston, 1320 Berkley Avenue, South Norfolk. Has been doing 'toting work' off and on for a year at the Chesapeake Knitting Mills in Berkley, Virginia." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Knitting Mill Boys: 1911

Knitting Mill Boys: 1911

These boys work in the Chesapeake Knitting Mills, Berkley, Virginia, and live in South Norfolk (youngest refused to give names): Otto, Lowe, 78 Seaboard Ave., Finishing Room. D.M. Deschields, 25 Phillip St., Winding Room. Lonnie Womack, Hawthorn Ave., Winding Room. Jack Harrell, 66 Perry St., Finishing. Waverley Roseberry, 250 St. James, Winding Room. Charlie McHorney, 4 Poindexter St., Winding Room. June 1911. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Marcella and Elibia: 1943

Marcella and Elibia: 1943

Women employed as roundhouse wipers having lunch, Chicago & North Western Railroad, Clinton, Iowa. Marcella Hart is at left, Mrs. Elibia Siematter at right. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Rush Hour: 1941

Rush Hour: 1941

Gas pump with clothesline, barn and horse-drawn wagon in background. View full size. Photographer and location unknown. FSA, 1941 or 1942.

 

On the Road: 1942

On the Road: 1942

Highway view, probably near Creede, Colorado. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 
 
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