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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Miss Anita Phipps: 1923

Miss Anita Phipps: 1923

November 24, 1923. Miss Anita Phipps, director of women's relations for the War Department. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Two Forks: 1939

Two Forks: 1939

October 1939. "Hay forks. Northern Oregon farm. Morrow County, Oregon." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA.

 

The Simple Life: 1939

The Simple Life: 1939

October 1939. "Another corner of Soper kitchen. Willow Creek area, Malheur County, Oregon." View full size. Nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

You Go First: 1941

You Go First: 1941

1941. "Completed sanitary privy in Minnesota being inspected by farmer and engineer of Farm Security Administration." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Shipman for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Homeward Bound: 1941

Homeward Bound: 1941

January 1941. Lowell, Mass. "Commuters who have just come off the train, waiting for the bus to go home." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome by Jack Delano.

 

St. Patty's Night: 1944

St. Patty's Night: 1944

March 1944. Washington, D.C. St. Patrick's Day dance at the Washington labor canteen, sponsored by the United Federal Workers of America, Congress of Industrial Organizations. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Joseph A. Horne for the Office of War Information.

 

The Journey Begins: 1957

The Journey Begins: 1957

May 1957. "Smith Wedding." Found 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

 
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