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Life in Wartime: 1862

Life in Wartime: 1862

June 1862. Fair Oaks, Virginia. "Frame house on Fair Oaks battlefield used by Hooker's division as a hospital." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair. Photograph by James F. Gibson. View full size. Closeups of the windows.

 

Contrabands: 1862

Contrabands: 1862

May 14, 1862. Cumberland Landing, Virginia. "Group of contrabands [runaway slaves] at Foller's house." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war: The Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet-plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair. View full size. Photograph by James F. Gibson (b. 1828).

 

Light on His Feet: 1923

Light on His Feet: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Will Roberts, Eastern High." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Note the little puff of left-foot dust.

 

The Road: 1935

The Road: 1935

October 1935. "Road to Nicholson Hollow. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Lunch With Elibia: 1943

Lunch With Elibia: 1943

April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. Chicago & North Western Railroad "Mrs. Elibia Siematter, employed as a sweeper at the roundhouse." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Guitar Hero: 1939

Guitar Hero: 1939

July 1939. "Migrant boy removing guitar before family leaves for California. At old homestead near Muskogee, Oklahoma." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

A Friendly Visit: 1941

A Friendly Visit: 1941

July 1941. "Sunday afternoon visitors. Vincennes, Indiana." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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