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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

May 1940. "Scraps of paper blowing on bridge." St. Louis, Missouri. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pie Town Ice Cream: 1940

Pie Town Ice Cream: 1940

June 1940. "Ice cream party at Pie Town, New Mexico. Ice cream is a great treat for someone who must drive thirty or forty miles for ice." View full size. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Broad Street: 1865

Broad Street: 1865

1865. Charleston, South Carolina, after bombardment by the Federal Navy. Broad Street, looking east with the ruins of the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar. Half of a glass-plate stereograph, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

War Clouds: 1864

War Clouds: 1864

1864. Vicinity of Savannah, Georgia. View of Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River. View full size. Right half of a glass-plate stereograph by Samuel Cooley.

 

The Three Graces: 1939

The Three Graces: 1939

June 1939. Daughters of a Tygart Valley, West Virginia, homesteader. House and factory in background. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 

Kempton: 1939

Kempton: 1939

May 1939. The coal company town of Kempton, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

April 1941. "Lunch wagon for Negroes. Chicago, Illinois." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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