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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Jewel: 1939

Jewel: 1939

1939. "St. James Hotel, Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Building dates to circa 1840. Now market warehouse. Three story brick masonry, two story porch, ornamental iron work." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Three Basketeers: 1924

The Three Basketeers: 1924

August 8, 1924. "Stewart Shortt, John Ayers, Eliott Smith at White House." Who seem to be bicycling to Atlantic City in August. Might want to loosen those bowties, boys. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Echo Cliffs

Echo Cliffs

"Echo Cliffs, Grand River Canyon, Colorado." Photochrom print published in 1914 from a glass negative taken many years earlier by William Henry Jackson, whose Western views, developed in his railcar-darkroom, formed the basis of Detroit Photographic's holdings in the company's early years. View full size.

 

Play Ball: 1902

Play Ball: 1902

Detroit circa 1902. "Photochrom Company building, side view." In the early 20th century, the Photochrom chromolithography process was licensed by William Henry Jackson and his partners to make millions of color postcards from the black-and-white Detroit Publishing glass negatives (like this one) seen here on Shorpy. The lot next door was a good spot for pickup ballgames. View full size.

 

Work From Home: 1912

Work From Home: 1912

January 1912. "Tenement homework, New York, 309 W. 146th Street. Mrs. De Levo [?] and her 7-year-old daughter, Lorenza, embroidering ladies' waists in their dirty kitchen-living room. Lorenza makes the stems of the flowers. Her mother said, 'See how smart she is. I show her how and right away she makes them. She is so little because she's been sick so much.' She works after school. Father is out of a job. 'They pay too cheap for lace.' Said they make about $2 a week." Glass nega­tive by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Departure Window: 1943

Departure Window: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "A lieutenant in the Army Air Transport Command calling the airport to check on flight conditions before checking out at the United Nations service center." Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Navy Flier: 1942

Navy Flier: 1942

July 1942. "U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Gymnast on the flying rings." Our third look at Navy athletes captured on film by Lt. Whitman. View full size.

 
 
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