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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Hello?

Hello?

Telephone company switchboard, probably 1920s. Exact location unknown, but somewhere in British Mandate Palestine. Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Is the Caller There?

Is the Caller There?

Early 20th-century telephone switchboard in British-Mandate Palestine. View full size. American Colony Photo Department. Location not specified although sign in background lists police and ambulance numbers "in Jerusalem."

 

Number, Please

Number, Please

Switchboard operators in 1930s or 1940s British-Mandate Palestine, a few years after the other photo (the chairs look a little less like torture devices). Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Four Kids on a Truck: 1942

Four Kids on a Truck: 1942

January 1942. "Workers' children at Farm Security Administration labor camp in Robstown, Texas." Kodachrome by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Pabst Backward: 1943

Pabst Backward: 1943

April 1943. Pabst beer sign over the Illinois Central freight yard at South Water Street. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Contestants at Atlantic City Pageant. View full size.

O.K. Soap: 1936

O.K. Soap: 1936

Interior of the general store in Moundville, Alabama. Photographed by Walker Evans in the summer of 1936. Top shelf inventory: 1 box Peter Loaded Shells, 2 chairs, 2 Aurora oil cans, 8 boxes quart-size Ball square mason fruit jars, 2 small lanterns, 3 large lanterns, 9 galvanized tubs, 1 trunk. Maybe someone would like to inventory the rest of the room. View full size | View even larger.

 
 
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