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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Newsboy Camp: 1910

Newsboy Camp: 1910

Newsboy Camp circa 1910. Location not specified. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

A Day at the Beach: 1910

A Day at the Beach: 1910

July 26, 1910. Card game in tent city on the beach at Rockaway, Queens. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Rockaway Bungalows: 1910

Rockaway Bungalows: 1910

Vacation bungalow colony at Rockaway, Queens, c. 1910. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note "front yards" of sand decorated with seashells.

 

The Sands of Time: 1910

The Sands of Time: 1910

More of the Rockaway bungalow colony in 1910. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Tent City: 1910

Tent City: 1910

July 26, 1910. Tent city on the beach at Rockaway, Queens. View full size. 5x7 glass plate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Coney Island: 1911

Coney Island: 1911

May 27, 1911. Aftermath of the Dreamland amusement park fire at Coney Island. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note the ancient streetlamp.

 

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

1937. Salvaging coal from the slag heap at Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania. Coal pickers get 10 cents for each hundred-pound sack or two dollars a ton. One man can make from 10 to 20 sacks a day. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn.

 
 
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