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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

January 1943. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Penasco, New Mexico, looking north into Colorado. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome by John Collier.

 

Anthoston: 1916

Anthoston: 1916

September 13, 1916. Henderson County, Kentucky. "Colored School at Anthoston. Census 27, enrollment 12, attendance 7. Teacher expects 19 to be enrolled after work is over. 'Tobacco keeps them out and they are short of hands.' Ages of those present: 13 to 5." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Weldon Drake: 1942

Weldon Drake: 1942

February 1942 in Weslaco, Texas. "Boy musician" was the caption given by photographer Arthur Rothstein to this portrait of Weldon Drake, shown in yesterday's posts playing with his father and brother at a Farm Security Administration Saturday-night dance. View full size.

 

The Party Committee: 1943

The Party Committee: 1943

December 24, 1943. Washington, D.C. Christmas Eve party given by Local 203 of the United Federal Workers of America, Congress of Industrial Organizations. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Joseph Horne.

 

Family Trip: 1939

Family Trip: 1939

August 1939. Agricultural migrants. "Family who traveled by freight train. Toppenish, Washington. Yakima Valley." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Real Simple: 1939

Real Simple: 1939

July 1939. "Corner of tobacco farmer's front room. Shows enclosed stairway and corner of the new fancy bed. Person County, North Carolina." (Whitfield home.) Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

At Ease: 1943

At Ease: 1943

December 1943. Another classic from Esther Bubley and her ever-inquiring camera: "Washington, D.C. In the library at the United Nations service center. Boys are urged to take books back to camp with them." View full size.

 
 
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