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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Beware of Dad: 1909

Beware of Dad: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Connecticut. Tony Casale (also called "Bologna"), eleven years old. Been selling four years. Sells until 10 P.M. sometimes. His paper boss told me the boy had shown him the marks on his arm where his father had bitten him for not selling more papers. The boy said, "Drunken men say bad words to us." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Pause That Refreshes

The Pause That Refreshes

September 1935. Resident of Smithland, Kentucky. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Red House Kids: 1935

Red House Kids: 1935

"School youngsters. Red House, West Virginia." October 1935. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Omar Boy: 1935

Omar Boy: 1935

October 1935. "Coal miner's child." Omar, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Hammond Girl: 1935

Hammond Girl: 1935

"Child of strawberry picker. Hammond, Louisiana." October 1935. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photo by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Maynardville Men: 1935

Maynardville Men: 1935

October 1935. Men of Maynardville, Tennessee. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Finger First Aid: 1917

Finger First Aid: 1917

February 1, 1917. An injured finger gets bandaged in the infirmary of the Hood Rubber Co. in Cambridge, Mass. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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