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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Boiled Clothes: 1939

Boiled Clothes: 1939

November 1939. Butler County, Missouri. "Washing clothes at camp for evicted sharecroppers." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee. Waiting for the bus at the Memphis terminal." View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

The Smoking Gun: 1923

The Smoking Gun: 1923

September 13, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Testing bulletproof vest." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. [Update: more here.]

 

En Garde: 1925

En Garde: 1925

May 14, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Western High School fencing team." 4x5 glass negative from the National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Annette, Aluminum and You: 1942

Annette, Aluminum and You: 1942

Long Beach, California. October 1942. "Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Lloyd Davis: 1913

Lloyd Davis: 1913

April 1, 1913. "Lloyd Davis, 125 Riverside Drive. Says 22 yrs. old but it is doubtful. Quit schooling after four years in New Haven to take job in Lower Manhattan. Evidently a newsie. Talks in gibberish: 'I sell paper on the Street. Bonds, convertible debentures, securities.' Smokes, visits saloons. Goes to houses in the District: Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan. Makes fifty dollars a day." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Try the Train: 1937

Try the Train: 1937

California, March 1937. "Toward Los Angeles." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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