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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

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.

 

Vest Test: 1923

Vest Test: 1923

September 13, 1923. Washington, D.C. "W.H. Murphy of the Protective Garment Corp. of New York stood less than ten feet from [Frederick County, Md.] Deputy Sheriff Charles W. Smith in police headquarters Wednesday and let the deputy fire a .38 caliber revolver straight at his chest. When the bullet hit, Murphy never batted an eye. Inventors ot the bulletproof vest, which weighs about 11 pounds, have put iten the market for the protection of police and other officers in emergency cases. The bullet which Deputy Smith fired into the vest Wednesday was presented to him for a souvenir." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

No Gambling Allowed: 1940

No Gambling Allowed: 1940

May 1940. "Pool room in Scranton, Iowa." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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