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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Starting Over: 1935

Starting Over: 1935

December 1935. "Resettled farm child. From Taos Junction to Bosque Farms project, New Mexico." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Pat Crowe: 1921

Pat Crowe: 1921

Pat Crowe, "former outlaw," in 1921. According to newspaper accounts of the day, Mr. Crowe's résumé included bank holdups, train robbery and kidnapping. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

School Shooters: 1922

School Shooters: 1922

November 2, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Girls' rifle team, Central High." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Babycakes: 1943

Babycakes: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "Hugh Massman, a second class petty officer studying in Washington, and his wife eating dinner. Joey, their son, sleeps on a pad on the table." Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 

A Steel Plant Sprouts: 1942

A Steel Plant Sprouts: 1942

November 1942. Columbia Steel Co. at Geneva, Utah. "Steel and concrete go into place rapidly as a new steel mill takes form. The new plant will make important additions to the vast amount of steel needed for the war effort." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information.

 

Tremont Street, 3:15 p.m.

Tremont Street, 3:15 p.m.

January 23, 1917. Boston, Massachusetts. "G. Leahy, 1249 Cambridge Street. Messenger for Metropolitan Messenger and Mailing Co., 67 Bromfield Street. Said 14 years old. Gets $5 a week wages, and makes $2.50 a week in tips. Taken at 3:15 p.m. on Tremont Street." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Lancaster Mills: 1908

Lancaster Mills: 1908

December 1908. Lancaster, South Carolina. "One of the youngsters working in Lancaster Cotton Mills." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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