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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Rear Window: 1938

Rear Window: 1938

July 1938. Back alley showing housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Evicted: 1939

Evicted: 1939

January 1939. An evicted sharecropper among his possessions in New Madrid County, Missouri. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Ambridge Alley: 1938

Ambridge Alley: 1938

July 1938. Another view of "housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, home of the American Bridge Company." View full size. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. While I guess the point here is the decrepit nature of the neighborhood, it looks to have been a great place to grow up. Like something from a Neil Simon play.

 

Shady Characters: 1941

Shady Characters: 1941

July 1941 in Caldwell, Idaho. "Two boys read storybooks in the shade." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size. Below: Their kid-size tree.

 

Crossing Dearborn: 1941

Crossing Dearborn: 1941

July 1941. Crossing Dearborn Street in Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. What's the street we're looking down?

 

Extra Fancy: 1910

Extra Fancy: 1910

More delectables at the Edw. Neumann grocery in Detroit's Broadway Market circa 1910. 8x10 glass plate negative, Detroit Publishing. Superjumbo full size. Note the artfully arranged pickle slices in the big apothecary jar to the left.

 

Medicine Show: 1935

Medicine Show: 1935

October 1935. Medicine show at Huntingdon, Tennessee. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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