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Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

October 27, 1908. "Mrs. W.J. [William Jennings] Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty in carriage" in New York. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Excitement Begins: 1938

The Excitement Begins: 1938

August 1938. Girls at the fair in central Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Elmer Pace: 1942

Elmer Pace: 1942

August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes. As a National Youth Administration trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem. View full size.

 

Lena Lochiavo: 1908

Lena Lochiavo: 1908

Cincinnati, August 1908. "Lena Lochiavo, 11 years old, 209 West Sixth Street. Basket [and pretzel] seller at Sixth Street Market in front of saloon entrance." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Reading Tree: 1939

The Reading Tree: 1939

July 1939. "Negro tenant farmer reading paper on a hot Saturday afternoon. Note vegetable garden across footpath. Chatham County, North Carolina." Photograph by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Marlboro Boy: 1939

Marlboro Boy: 1939

July 1939. "Ten-year-old son of tobacco sharecropper can do a 'hand's work' at harvest time." Seen here feeding logs into the fire next to flue of the curing barn. Granville County, North Carolina. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Granville County: 1939

Granville County: 1939

July 1939. "Grandson of Negro tenant farmer whose father is in the penitentiary." Granville County, North Carolina. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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