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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007
We'll start the day with a selection of working kids snapped by Lewis Hine, whose photographs, 100 years after they were taken, seem to exist in eerily infinite supply.
February 1, 1917. Vincenzo Messina, 15 years old, and brother Angelo, 11 years old, baking bread for their father at 174 Salem Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Vincenzo is working nights now. Angelo helps a great deal, tends store and helps bake, too. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
Below, a selection of 1940s color transparencies, three of them the large-format 4x5's that we love so much and wish there were more of. I wonder why Ken Burns didn't make more use (or any use) of these in his excellent documentary "The War," given that it is being presented in HD. The aviation shots are especially impressive. - Dave
October 1942. "Clerk in North American Aviation stockroom, checking to see if the proper numbers of parts were received and placed in the proper bin. Inglewood, California. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 (Billy Mitchell) bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 (Mustang) fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.