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Shaft No. 6: 1911

Shaft No. 6: 1911

January 1911. Mule power and motor power. A young driver in Shaft #6, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at Pittston. View full size. 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. National Child Labor Committee Collection.

 

Pa's Perfectly Frank About It: 1918

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Pa's Perfectly Frank About It: 1918

That Son-In-Law of Pa's by Charles H. Wellington. Published May 1, 1918. View full comic. You can find more in our new comics section and don't forget to subscribe to the comics RSS feed.

Shelbyville: 1938

Shelbyville: 1938

October 1938. Shelbyville, Indiana. Hearse meeting casket at railroad station. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 

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!

 
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