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

The Office: 1941

The Office: 1941

April 1941. Clerical staff of a South Side Chicago insurance company. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Another World: 1938

Another World: 1938

July 1938. Another view of the rowhouses in Ambridge, Pa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Movie Mecca: 1937

Movie Mecca: 1937

1937. Movie theater in Crossville, Tennessee. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Granville County: 1939

Granville County: 1939

July 1939. Tenant farmers and tobacco barn in Granville County, North Carolina. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

The Great Race: 1908

The Great Race: 1908

February 12, 1908. "Scarfoglio and companions in Zust car, New York," at the start of the New York to Paris automobile race of 1908, in which the contestants drove west across the continent to San Francisco, continued to Alaska by ship, took a steamer across the Bering Strait and continued the land journey in Siberia. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Below, the competition itinerary as printed in the January 26, 1908, New York Times.

 

A Big Kiss for Gramps: 1941

A Big Kiss for Gramps: 1941

July 1941. Farmer with his granddaughter at the Fourth of July picnic in Vale, Oregon. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Stacked: 1942

Stacked: 1942

February 1942. Firestone factory at Akron, Ohio. War conversion of beverage containers. An oxygen cylinder for high altitude flying, manufactured by the metal division of a large Eastern rubber factory, placed on a huge stack ready for shipment to the Army. View full size. 5x7 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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