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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Bread and Coffee: 1909

Bread and Coffee: 1909

"Bread & Coffee." The new Department of Public Charities municipal lodging house at 432 East 25th Street in New York, which opened in February 1909 after four years of construction. "The first municipal lodging house fitted up by the city was a boat moored at the foot of East 26th Street in 1895, followed a few years after by the building at 398 First Avenue, just north of 23rd Street." (NYT) 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

Agnes of Milwaukee: 1943

February 1943. Heil & Co., Milwaukee. "Agnes Cliemka, age 23, husband may be going into the service any day. Agnes used to work in a department store. Checking fuel hose on gasoline trailer before it is turned over to the Air Force." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem. View full size.

 

North of Elma: 1939

North of Elma: 1939

August 1939. "Western Washington, Grays Harbor County, north of Elma. Hand irrigation on small rented subsistence farm. Family have been on place for one year." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

January 19, 1923. "Dog Smoking." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Dog Catchers: 1924

Dog Catchers: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catchers." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Army Elbow: 1942

Army Elbow: 1942

January 1942. Louisville, Kentucky. "Large pipe elbows for the Army are formed at Tube Turns Inc., by heating lengths of pipe with gas flames and forcing them around a die." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Detroit Electric: 1921

Detroit Electric: 1921

1921 or 1922. "Detroit Electric car at the State, War and Navy building in Washington." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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