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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Mold Boy: 1909

Mold Boy: 1909

November 1909. Cumberland Glass Works at Bridgeton, New Jersey. A young "holding-mold boy" is seen, dimly, to the left [little kid toward the back]. Negroes, Greeks and Italians are being employed in many glass houses. View full size. Photograph and caption by child-labor reformer Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cumberland Glass Works: 1909

Cumberland Glass Works: 1909

November 1909. Blowing bottles. Night shift at the Cumberland Glass Works in Bridgeton, New Jersey. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Howard the Delivery Boy: 1913

Howard the Delivery Boy: 1913

November 1913. Shreveport, Louisiana. Howard Williams, 13-year-old delivery boy for Shreveport Drug Company. He works from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; has been here three months. Goes to the Red Light every day and night. Says that the company could not keep other messenger boys, they work them so hard. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

April 1943. A.S. Gerdee of 3251 Maypole Street, Chicago, a switchman at the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

On the Waterfront: 1941

On the Waterfront: 1941

December 1941. Along the waterfront of Christiansted, Saint Croix, in the Virgin Islands. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Seed and Feed: 1942

Seed and Feed: 1942

"Seed and Feed store in Lincoln, Nebraska." Another view of the Grand Grocery farm store in 1942. "The apples, oranges and grapefruit are surplus commodities" sold at very low prices. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration.

 

Etna: 1941

Etna: 1941

November 1941. Iron ore piles and blast furnaces of the Carnegie-Illinois steel mill in Etna, Pennsylvania. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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