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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Pails in Comparison: 1939

Pails in Comparison: 1939

September 1939. Children's lunch pails wait for their owners in a rural Wisconsin schoolhouse. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 

School Days: 1939

School Days: 1939

September 1939. "Rural schoolroom in Wisconsin." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Drink a Bite to Eat: 1938

Drink a Bite to Eat: 1938

April 1938. Store in Halifax, North Carolina, with signs advertising carbonated beverages and patent medicines. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 

The Fly in the Ointment: 1920

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The Fly in the Ointment: 1920

"The Fly in the Ointment," dated May 22, 1920. Even bigger laffs. More Shorpy funnies on the Comics Page. Subscribe to the Shorpy Comics Feed!

Coal Miner's Son: 1939

Coal Miner's Son: 1939

May 1939. Coal miner's son in Kempton, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration.

 

St. Paul: 1939

St. Paul: 1939

Lady resident of a St. Paul rooming house. September 1939. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration.

 

The Farmer's Wife

The Farmer's Wife

October 1938. Farm wife and baby waiting in the car while her husband attends the auction. Oskaloosa, Kansas. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 
 
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