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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Louis Pelissier: 1916

Louis Pelissier: 1916

June 19, 1916. Fall River, Mass. Louis Pelissier, 29 Eighth Street, 16 years old (May 16, 1916). Applicant 2nd grade - deficient mentality. Doesn't know name of place where he is going to work. Made it out for Small's mill, they weren't sure. Had been a sweeper but work was too hard for him. Didn't know how much he was to get. (Miss Smith to see what kind of card he got.) Worked at Union Mill, $3.27, as a sweeper. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

You Better Watch Out: 1940

You Better Watch Out: 1940

February 1940. A roadside snowball fight in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. A reminder from the Shorpy Art Store: Place your order soon for regular delivery by December 25. We also have an Express Mail delivery option. Recent distinguished purchaser: The New York Times, for 30 x 22 prints to decorate its new Manhattan headquarters.

 

Angel Wing: 1943

Angel Wing: 1943

February 1943. Working on the horizontal stabilizer of a "Vengeance" dive bomber at the Consolidated-Vultee plant in Nashville. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Iowa City: 1940

Iowa City: 1940

February 1940: The main street in Iowa City, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Learning to Walk: 1905

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Learning to Walk: 1905

A joyful baby takes a spin in a walker in 1905. View full size.

 

Rockville Fair Races: 1923

Rockville Fair Races: 1923

August 25, 1923. "Auto races at Rockville Fair." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Cigarette: c. 1908

The Cigarette: c. 1908

A portrait of a Sioux Indian smoking a cigarette. Photograph by John A. Johnson, c. 1908. View full size.

 
 
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