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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Light's Out: 1937

Light's Out: 1937

From 1937 comes this silkscreen Federal Art Project poster warning of the consequences of vandalism. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection.

 

Fish in a Basket: 1909

Fish in a Basket: 1909

October 1909. Boy selling fish from a basket in Boston street market. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Parlor Slacker: 1918

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The Parlor Slacker: 1918

1918 slackers: The check dodger, car seat caretakers, the parlor slacker, slackerette and planting a grandmother. Perhaps someone could explain that last one. View full illustration.

Fate of the Rebel Flag: 1861

Fate of the Rebel Flag: 1861

Available as a Juniper Gallery Fine-Art Print, "Fate of the Rebel Flag" is the second of a pair of patriotic lithographs with a militantly Unionist theme based on paintings by William Bauly and issued by New York art publisher William Schaus in September 1861 at the start of the Civil War. In a spectacular nocturnal scene, a large warship sinks and burns, the flames taking on the configuration of the first flag of the Confederacy, the blue field with seven stars being formed by the night sky. Lightning strikes the flag from the upper left. View full size.

 

Boston Market: 1909

Boston Market: 1909

Late at night. Boston market. Many young venders. October 1909. View full size. 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Brown Mine: 1908

Brown Mine: 1908

October 1908. Digging coal by machinery at the Brown Mine in West Virginia. Note open-flame headlamps. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Gentle Reminder: 1938

A Gentle Reminder: 1938

1938 WPA silkscreen poster promoting oral hygiene. Artist unknown. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection. Now available as a print!

 
 
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