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

Edgar's Daughter: 1936

Edgar's Daughter: 1936

December 1936. "One of Edgar Allen's children sitting on the bed in the house on his farm. There are no sheets, pillowcases, or pillows (other than makeshift) in use. Bedding usually consists of castoff rags and a few old blankets. Near Milford, Iowa. They are helped by the Resettlement Administration." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Lois at the Piano: 1936

Lois at the Piano: 1936

December 1936. "Lois Madsen playing the piano in the home of her father, Harry Madsen, owner-operator of three hundred and sixty acre farm near Dickens, Iowa. (Suggest this as contrast showing difference in opportunity offered children in owner-operated farms and that offered in poorer tenant or hired hand homes)." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Geneva Mill: 1942

Geneva Mill: 1942

November 1942. Geneva, Utah. Columbia Steel Co. "Partly finished open hearth furnaces and stacks for a mill which will soon be producing vitally needed steel." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 

Payne Mill: 1909

Payne Mill: 1909

January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "This boy has worked in Payne Cotton Mill for 2 yrs. Runs four sides and earns 52 cents a day. Overseer has hand on boy's shoulder. He said this mill made 70% profit last year and expects to make 100% this year. Owned by Bibb Mfg. Co." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

La Dolorosa: 1943

La Dolorosa: 1943

Spring 1943. Trampas, New Mexico. "A Santo bulto and a painting of the Dolorosa in the church." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Casa Morini: 1912

Casa Morini: 1912

November 1912. South Framingham, Massachusetts. "Home of Rufine Morini, 6 Coburn Street. Two mothers, three children 10, 8 and 6 years old, working on tags for Dennison. Children anaemic. Make $10 (more or less) a month. Witness, F.A. Smith." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Delta County: 1940

Delta County: 1940

1940. Delta County, Colorado. "Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 
 
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