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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA TRAVEL, c. 1930

Memory Bank: 1962

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Memory Bank: 1962

Vault of the Bodie Bank, July 1962. Mono County, California. View full size. Photograph by Ronald Partridge, Historic American Buildings Survey.

 

Ready or Not: 1912

Ready or Not: 1912

"Blind children playing hide-and-seek among arcade pillars" at the Overbrook School in Philadelphia ca. 1912. View full size. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Herman Miller: 1958

Herman Miller: 1958

1958. Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller show in San Francisco. View larger. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles & Ray Eames collection.

Test Chair: 1946

Test Chair: 1946

1946. Woman (Milah Birnie?) in an experimental plywood lounge chair. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles and Ray Eames collection.

Playtime: 1920

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Playtime: 1920

Children at play circa 1920 as captured by the pioneering news photographer and society portraitist Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942). View full size. In 2000 the New York Times reviewed a retrospective of her work: "One of the reasons so few women entered the profession was that equipment was so heavy. Beals carried an 8-by-10 view camera, glass plates and a tripod, close to 50 pounds of paraphernalia. (She was further encumbered by a whalebone corset and a hat the size of a flying saucer.) Still, when a judge in a murder trial locked the photographers out, she climbed a tall bookcase up to a transom window, snapped a picture before she was detected and had a five-column front-page photograph."

 

Valley Boy: 1939

Valley Boy: 1939

August 1939. Migratory boy in squatter camp. Has come to Yakima Valley, Washington, for the third year to pick hops. Mother: "You'd be surprised what that boy can pick." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Who Wants Meat?

Who Wants Meat?

July 1943. Scene in a wholesale meat market shot for the Office of War Information film "Black Marketing." View full size. Photo by Roger Smith.

 
 
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