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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

To the Other Side: 1865

To the Other Side: 1865

The Chain Bridge over the Potomac River circa 1865, with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in the foreground. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate negative by William Morris Smith. From negatives compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 

Pie Town Singers: 1940

Pie Town Singers: 1940

June 1940. Three members of the ladies' quintet at a community sing in Pie Town, New Mexico. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Russell Lee.

 

Fred Welsh: 1914

Fred Welsh: 1914

Sept. 10, 1914. The boxer Fred Welsh, proprietor of the Fred Welsh Health Farm. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Whitfields: 1939

The Whitfields: 1939

July 1939. "Tobacco sharecropper's house. White family. Rural rehabilitation clients. Whitfield family. Near Gordonton, North Carolina." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

So Fresh: 1941

So Fresh: 1941

June 1941. Produce market in San Diego, California. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

1,200 Horses: 1942

1,200 Horses: 1942

October 1942. Long Beach, California. "Flexible performance of C-47 transport planes is due in part to their two 1,200 horsepower radial engines and to their three-blade variable-pitch propellers. Picture taken at the Douglas Aircraft Company. The versatile C-47 performs many important tasks for the Army. It ferries men and cargo across oceans and mountains, tows gliders and brings paratroopers and their equipment to scenes of action." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Shooting the Breeze: 1938

Shooting the Breeze: 1938

May 1938. Bench warmers at the cooperative store in Irwinville Farms, Georgia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. We met two of these characters in earlier posts.

 
 
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