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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL DE 1936, PANAMA

Market Movers: 1910

Market Movers: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Broad Street and the curb brokers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Merry Old Cole: 1919

Merry Old Cole: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Cole auto." Climb in, if you can figure out how. The yard last seen here. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

The Device: 1938

The Device: 1938

Washington, D.C., 1938. "Marie Passapae, C. Coy Honsaker" is all it says here. Are there enough clues to tell us what's going on? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Miss Daisy Driving: 1930

Miss Daisy Driving: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. "Hudson 8 sedan." Sidemount spare, shiny stockings optional at extra cost. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Sit It Down: 1931

Sit It Down: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Woman with donkey in taxicab." For anyone who's ever been instructed to "get your a__ over here RIGHT NOW," here's one possible solution. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Good Old Summertime: 1910

The Good Old Summertime: 1910

Circa 1910. "Surf bathers at beach, possibly Atlantic City." Bathing-stockings optional! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lever of Power: 1942

Lever of Power: 1942

August 1942. "Women in industry. Aircraft motor workers. A million-dollar baby, not in terms of money but in her value to Uncle Sam, 21-year-old Eunice Hancock, erstwhile five-and-ten-cent store employee, operates a compressed-air grinder in a Midwest aircraft motor plant. With no previous experience, Eunice quickly mastered the techniques of her war job and today is turning out motor parts with speed and skill. Note protective mask and visor, two vital safety accessories." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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