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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Off the Rails: 1943

Off the Rails: 1943

January 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Residents of Miss Lucille Disher's rooming house for rail workers. Rear brakeman Clarence Averill and James Lynch, engineer on the Pacific Limited who has four sons in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Corps, and Army." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

This Time: 1948

This Time: 1948

New York circa 1948. "The new Hudson." From a design standpoint, the venerable carmaker's last hurrah. 4x5 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Chase the Chills: 1920

Chase the Chills: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Pittsburg Water Heater Co." You'll come for the hot water but stay for the giant washing machine. 8x6 glass negative. View full size.

 

Midtown Hudson: 1947

Midtown Hudson: 1947

New York circa 1947. "Midtown Dealers Corp. and Hudson showroom, Broadway at W. 62nd Street." Home of "Meyer the Buyer" and your Hudson Headquarters. Our latest 4x5 negative from the prolific but obscure John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Victory Veggies: 1942

Victory Veggies: 1942

October 1942. Hardwick, Vermont. "Mrs. Alice White at the Victory Store vegetable counter selling donated farm produce, money from which will go to the War Fund." Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Those Were the Days: 1939

Those Were the Days: 1939

San Francisco, 1939. "General Motors exhibit, Golden Gate International Exposition. Girl sitting on LaSalle auto." The five-passenger touring sedan only $1581, "delivered here." 8x10 inch Agfa acetate negative. View full size.

 

Way Station: 1943

Way Station: 1943

January 1943. "Chicago, Illinois. Waiting for trains in the concourse of the Union Station." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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