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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Go Ahead: 1943

Go Ahead: 1943

January 1943. Calumet City, Illinois. Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad switchman demonstrating signal with a fusee, used at twilight and dawn, when visibility is poor. This signal means "go ahead." View full size. Caption and 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Nutbrowns Groceteria: 1939

Nutbrowns Groceteria: 1939

February 1939. Calipatria, Imperial Valley, California. "Idle pea pickers discuss prospects for work." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Bethlehem-Fairfield: 1941

Bethlehem-Fairfield: 1941

Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Baltimore. 1941. "Between the ways of this large Eastern shipyard run tracks for flatcars carrying materials or sections to be hoisted onto the deck of Liberty ships under construction." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Phillips Finlay: 1929

Phillips Finlay: 1929

Golfer Phillips Finlay at the Chevy Chase Club in 1929. View full size. 4x5 inch glass negative from the National Photo Company Collection.

 

Airborne: 1928

Airborne: 1928

"Catholic University Track Meet, 1928." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

1st Women's Fire Dept.: 1929

1st Women's Fire Dept.: 1929

"First Women's Fire Department." At the 1929 Firemen's Labor Day Parade in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Doing Her Part: 1942

Doing Her Part: 1942

October 1942. Inglewood, California. "Young woman employee of North American Aviation working over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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