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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

After the Bath: 1909

After the Bath: 1909

New York City municipal lodging house circa 1909. "After the bath." This is the answer to those wondering what you'd wear while your clothes were being fumigated overnight. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Grace's Garage: 1927

Grace's Garage: 1927

February 9, 1927. Washington, D.C. "Miss Grace Wagner, Central High School," out from under the car. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Paramount Winners: 1925

Paramount Winners: 1925

May 25, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Winners, Paramount Motion Picture School." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Francis Rawling: 1921

Francis Rawling: 1921

1921, Washington D.C. "Francis Rawling, P.O. Club." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Any P.O. Club members out there?

 

The Red Truck: 1940

The Red Truck: 1940

Field workers in Mississippi circa 1940. View full size. 35mm color transparency by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Easy Nuff: 1913

Easy Nuff: 1913

October 1913. Cuero, Texas. John Huggins. Said he is 14 years old and has been doffing for eight months in the Guadalupe Valley Cotton Mills. Gets a dollar a day now. Before he came here, he worked in the cotton mill at West, Texas, for five or six years. Said boys work in the Cuero mill under age. "They don't even bother to ask your age. Didn't ask mine. Easy 'nuff to git a job." The mills were not running on account of floods this week. I found only one other boy under age. "Spider" Estes said he is 14 years old and been doffing here one year. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Benched: 1935

Benched: 1935

October 1935. Passing the time in Scotts Run, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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