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

Coat Check: 1909

Coat Check: 1909

New York municipal lodging house circa 1909. "Fumigating clothing." From the New York Times: "There is a basement and subbasement, the latter containing the boiler and batteries for lighting and heating. The basement contains the shower baths for men and the steam and formaldehyde cleansers, the laundry, and the vacuum sweeping apparatus. ... All applicants for accommodations will be forced to undress before going to their rooms, which they will enter after they have taken a bath and their clothes have been thoroughly fumigated. The arrangements for the latter are most novel. The clothes are placed in small crates or boxes, which are then wheeled into large steam and formaldehyde retorts. When they are finally taken from their place before the men and women to which they belong are ready to leave the house in the morning, they are entirely cleaned." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Bread and Coffee: 1909

Bread and Coffee: 1909

"Bread & Coffee." The new Department of Public Charities municipal lodging house at 432 East 25th Street in New York, which opened in February 1909 after four years of construction. "The first municipal lodging house fitted up by the city was a boat moored at the foot of East 26th Street in 1895, followed a few years after by the building at 398 First Avenue, just north of 23rd Street." (NYT) 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

February 1943. Heil & Co., Milwaukee. "Agnes Cliemka, age 23, husband may be going into the service any day. Agnes used to work in a department store. Checking fuel hose on gasoline trailer before it is turned over to the Air Force." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem. View full size.

 

North of Elma: 1939

North of Elma: 1939

August 1939. "Western Washington, Grays Harbor County, north of Elma. Hand irrigation on small rented subsistence farm. Family have been on place for one year." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

January 19, 1923. "Dog Smoking." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Dog Catchers: 1924

Dog Catchers: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catchers." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Army Elbow: 1942

Army Elbow: 1942

January 1942. Louisville, Kentucky. "Large pipe elbows for the Army are formed at Tube Turns Inc., by heating lengths of pipe with gas flames and forcing them around a die." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 
 
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