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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Langley Field: 1942

Langley Field: 1942

May 1942. "Here's our mission." A combat crew receives final instructions just before taking off in a mighty YB-17 bomber from the bombardment squadron base at Langley Field, Virginia, nation's oldest air base. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Picture Window: 1937

Picture Window: 1937

April 1937. "Girl at Gee's Bend. Descendants of slaves of the Pettway family are still living very primitively on the plantation." Wilcox County, Alabama. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

Gee's Bend: 1939

Gee's Bend: 1939

May 1939. "Old cable ferry between Camden and Gee's Bend, Alabama." 35mm negative by Marion Post Wolcott, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Match Point: 1943

Match Point: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. A Woodrow Wilson High School student waiting to use the tennis court. View full size. Photograph by Esther Bubley.

 

The New Look: 1943

The New Look: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Sweaters and long ropes of beads are popular with the girls at Woodrow Wilson High School." View full size. Photograph by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Lunch With Lynn and Hugh: 1943

Lunch With Lynn and Hugh: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "Hugh and Lynn Massman eating lunch at a cafeteria after a day of sightseeing. Their eight-week-old son is being taken care of at the United Nations service center nursery." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Vermont Marble: 1910

Vermont Marble: 1910

September 1910. Boy running a hoist at Vermont Marble Company in Center Rutland. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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