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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PLUCK MAKES LUCK, 1929

Sign Gang: 1925

Sign Gang: 1925

San Francisco, 1925. "California State Automobile Association. Setting sign for Golden Gate Park Conservatory." Before there were state or federal highway departments to do the job, it was the auto clubs that put up road signs. 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Repairing Neatly Done: 1938

Repairing Neatly Done: 1938

January 1938. Washington, D.C. "Shoe shop on L Street." Right next door to the Good Food Cafe. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Good EAT Food: 1938

Good EAT Food: 1938

January 1938. Washington, D.C. "Cafe on L Street." Where the only thing flakier than our delicious biscuits is the peeling paint! 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Our Staff: 1924

Our Staff: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Miss Davis." Demonstrating just how easy it is to work one of these things. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Dam Workmen: 1942

Dam Workmen: 1942

June 1942. "Shasta Dam, Shasta County, California. Workmen on porch of com­mis­sary." Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Family Jalopy: 1919

Family Jalopy: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Haynes touring car." Accessorized with a dapper "California top." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Colonial Cleveland: 1900

Colonial Cleveland: 1900

Circa 1900. "Colonial Hotel, Cleveland." Home to the Colonial Arcade. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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