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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

The Big Fight: 1921

The Big Fight: 1921

Washington, D.C. July 2, 1921. Crowds at the Washington Star following the Dempsey-Carpentier fight in New Jersey, which was broadcast by "wireless telephone" back when relatively few people owned radios. Newspapers across the country that had receivers called out the results on the street or posted them on chalkboards. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Ballpark Figure: 1919

Ballpark Figure: 1919

Washington, D.C. October 10, 1919. "Girls' baseball." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Chicago: 1943

Chicago: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "New York Central diesel switch engine moving freight cars at the South Water Street terminal of the Illinois Central R.R." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Sunday Best: 1941

Sunday Best: 1941

December 1941. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. "Main street on Sunday." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the FSA.

 

Partners: 1941

Partners: 1941

September 1941. "Mr. and Mrs. William Gaynor, Farm Security Administration dairy farmers, near Fairfield, Vermont." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Three Weeks at It: 1912

Three Weeks at It: 1912

May 1912. Rock Hill, South Carolina. Arthur Newell, doffer in Manchester Mills. Three weeks at it. 70 cents a day. Said 12 years old. His father in the mill gets $12 a week, mother $9, sister $4.80, he gets $4.20, total $30 a week. "I had ruther go to school but the mill wanted me." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Tom Thumb: 1850s

Tom Thumb: 1850s

"Tom Thumb, full-length portrait, facing front, standing on table." Half-plate daguerreotype c. 1850-55 from the studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 
 
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