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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Pie Town Community Sing: 1940

Pie Town Community Sing: 1940

June 1940. An all-day community sing in Pie Town, New Mexico. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

Under the El: 1940

Under the El: 1940

July 1940. Another view under the elevated tracks in Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Walked Eight Miles: 1940

Walked Eight Miles: 1940

June 1940. Pie Town, New Mexico. Wife of a homesteader with her WPA (Work Projects Administration) music class. These children walk eight miles for their music lessons. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Russell Lee.

 

Greenhills: 1938

Greenhills: 1938

October 1938. Fire station at Greenhills, Ohio, a planned community built by the federal government (Suburban Division of the Resettlement Administration) during the Depression. The image, scanned from a print, is a composite, with the utility pole and fire alarm superimposed; the asphalt was retouched with an airbrush. View full size. The fire station photo is by John Vachon.

 

Shadowland: 1940

Shadowland: 1940

July 1940. "Under the elevated railway, Chicago, Illinois." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Parked Tight: 1940

Parked Tight: 1940

May 1940. Parked cars in Des Moines, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Afternoon Delights: 1919

Afternoon Delights: 1919

Lunch wagon in Washington, D.C., circa 1919. On the box: "Leoffler's Liberty Lunch 20¢" View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. The Liberty Lunch street address was 100 Florida Avenue NE.

 
 
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