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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHÂTEAU FRONTENAC, QUÉBEC

Other Small Ones: 1912

Other Small Ones: 1912

January 1912. Fall River, Mass. "In this group are some of the youngest workers in Spinning Room of Cornell Mill. The smallest is Jo Benevidos, 5 Merion Street. Other small ones are: John Sousa, 84 Boutwell St.; Anthony Valentin, 203 Pitman St.; Manuel Perry, 124 Everett St.; John Travaresm [Taveresm?], 90 Cash St. The difficulty they had in writing their names was pathetic. When I asked the second hand in charge of the room to let the boys go outside a moment and let me get a snap-shot, he objected, saying they would stay out and not be in shape to work. When they carry dinners, they breathe the close air of the spinning room from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with no let-up." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Louvers of Power: 1954

The Louvers of Power: 1954

Washington, D.C., circa 1954. "General Accounting Office, G Street N.W. -- International Nickel Co., installation of louvers." 8x10 acetate negative by that impresario of esoteric architectural imagery, Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Fireside Cats: 1955

Fireside Cats: 1955

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955, and the youngsters last seen here. The Buick is out of the picture, replaced by a battleship and a cat; clothes and hair have been upgraded. 4x5 negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

All Along the El: 1900

All Along the El: 1900

Manhattan circa 1900. "The Bowery, New York." The tracks of the Third Avenue El passing the Bowery Savings Bank. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Le Chariot Chuck: 1918

Le Chariot Chuck: 1918

Paris, France. circa 1918. "Sample Red Cross rolling kitchen, ready to travel. On exhibition at the Grand Palais." 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Ajax Six: 1925

Ajax Six: 1925

San Francisco, 1925. "Ajax Six sedan at Golden Gate Park Conservatory." The Ajax, manufactured by Nash Motors in Racine, Wisconsin, survived just two model years before expiring in 1926. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Future Marines: 1956

Future Marines: 1956

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1956. "Future Marines of America -- Juniors." Signatories of the FMA pledge ("We further, in the interest of worldly peace and humanity, do agree at all times to conduct ourselves in a military manner") include Tommy Tucker, Jerry Tucker, Lasseter Jones and Allen Leroy Osborne. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 
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