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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

All Earnings Go to Father

All Earnings Go to Father

May 21, 1910. "Joseph Severio, Peanut Vendor. Wilmington, Delaware. 11 years of age. Pushing cart 2 years. Out after midnight. Ordinarily works 6 hours per day. Works of own volition. Doesn't smoke. All earnings go to father." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Jazz Feeds: 1936

Jazz Feeds: 1936

Alabama feed store, March 1936. View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans.

 

Transplants: 1942

Transplants: 1942

Japanese American internees transplanting celery at Tule Lake Relocation Center, California. 1942 or 1943. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Tule Lake: 1942

Tule Lake: 1942

Tule Lake Relocation Center near Newell, California. 1942 or 1943. Japanese American emergency relocation camp with Abalone Mountain in the distance. Photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Five Smiling Women: 1942

Five Smiling Women: 1942

Five smiling women. Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. 1942 or 1943. Photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Bathtime for Baby H

Bathtime for Baby H

April 1943. "Viola Sievers, one of the wipers at the Chicago & North Western roundhouse, giving a giant "H" class locomotive a bath of live steam at Clinton, Iowa. Mrs. Sievers is the sole support of her mother and has a son-in-law in the Army." Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Marcella and Viola: 1943

Marcella and Viola: 1943

April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Marcella Hart and Viola Sievers, wipers for the Chicago & North Western Railroad, cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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