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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Earth Day: 1920

Earth Day: 1920

April 15, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Tree planting." View full size. I looked high and low for a good CCC photo in honor of Earth Day, but they were all disappointingly low-res. So it's a National Photo glass negative to the rescue.

 

Speed Racer: 1941

Speed Racer: 1941

December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "The chassis of an Army halftrack scout car get a workout. When this test driver at a large Midwest plant has put the machine through its paces, he'll know if it meets the exacting specifications of the Army." View full size. 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Cover Nipper: 1911

Cover Nipper: 1911

October 1911. South Framingham, Massachusetts. Joseph Frank Nugent, 22 Howard Street, works in Department 8A of Dennison Factory; makes paper boxes. "I nip the covers." "One year there, 'bout time for a raise." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. This reminds me of a painting by Magritte.

 

Bundle Boys: 1910

Bundle Boys: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Bundle Boys at Nugent's, Washington and Broadway." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Take No Chances: 1941

Take No Chances: 1941

December 1941. Goodrich plant at Akron, Ohio. "Rubber stock for track treads of scout cars and other Army halftrack vehicles is milled in one Ohio tire plant. All rubber firmly 'welded' to the steel parts is formed into one tough durable piece." View full size. 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Mobilized: December 1941

Mobilized: December 1941

December 1941. "New recruits for America's armies. Scout cars ready for delivery. White Motor Company, Cleveland, Ohio." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Well-Rounded: 1942

Well-Rounded: 1942

Firestone rubber plant. Akron, Ohio. February 1942. "Conversion. Beverage containers to aviation oxygen cylinders. After the circumferential straps are welded to the cylindrical portion in the metal division of a large Eastern rubber factory, rough edges and accumulated weld scale are removed by a skilled workman. The twin rotary brushes do their work on the inside and outside of the cylinder in the same operation. This process is required in the manufacture of shatterproof oxygen cylinders for high altitude flying." 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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