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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Piano Man: 1922

Piano Man: 1922

Ed Smalle, "the singing comedian," at the keyboard circa 1922. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

South Bend: 1908

South Bend: 1908

October 1908. South Bend, Indiana. "Going home to lunch! Two boys from Singer Manufacturing Company. Small boy is Charles Bailey, 316 Scholum Street. Is he 14 years old?" View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cal and Car: 1924

Cal and Car: 1924

August 14, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

New Brunswick: 1936

New Brunswick: 1936

February 1936. "Narrow street in New Brunswick, New Jersey." View full size. 3¼x4¼ nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Making Sparks Fly: 1942

Making Sparks Fly: 1942

June 1942. Boiler welder at Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga, Tennessee. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Long Beach: 1942

Long Beach: 1942

October 1942. "American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California, give important help in producing dependable planes for their men at the front." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Lighter Than Air: 1942

Lighter Than Air: 1942

May 1942. Marines training in barrage balloon technique at Parris Island, South Carolina. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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