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

No End in Sight: 1939

No End in Sight: 1939

October 1939. Western Pacific tracks through the unclaimed desert of northern Oregon, 10 miles from the railroad station at Irrigon. View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

City Sidewalks: 1940

City Sidewalks: 1940

May 1940. Business district and gas station in Des Moines, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Band of Brothers: 1940

Band of Brothers: 1940

June 1940. Pie Town, New Mexico. "Farmer and his brother making music." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Union Station: 1943

Union Station: 1943

January 1943. The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago. View full size. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

May 1940. "Scraps of paper blowing on bridge." St. Louis, Missouri. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pie Town Ice Cream: 1940

Pie Town Ice Cream: 1940

June 1940. "Ice cream party at Pie Town, New Mexico. Ice cream is a great treat for someone who must drive thirty or forty miles for ice." View full size. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

War Clouds: 1864

War Clouds: 1864

1864. Vicinity of Savannah, Georgia. View of Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River. View full size. Right half of a glass-plate stereograph by Samuel Cooley.

 
 
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