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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Oklahoma: 1942

Oklahoma: 1942

October 1942. Employees at the Mid-Continent oil refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Indiana Janes: 1908

Indiana Janes: 1908

August 1908. "Noon hour in an Indianapolis cotton mill. Witness, E.N. Clopper." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Calumet: 1935

Calumet: 1935

October 1935. Miners at Calumet, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

An Old Southern Melody: 1941

An Old Southern Melody: 1941

August 1941. "Local band leader plays 'An Old Southern Melody' and everybody cheered." Coffee County, Alabama. View full size. Medium format safety negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Tuned In: 1941

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Tuned In: 1941

June 1941. Family at the "USDA farm family labor camp" in Caldwell, Idaho. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

The Indy Five: 1908

The Indy Five: 1908

August 1908. "Noon hour in an Indianapolis furniture factory. Witness, E.N. Clopper." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

John and Floyd: 1908

John and Floyd: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. "Eureka Cotton Mills. John Madison, 11 years old; 53 inches high. Beginning to sweep. Floyd Root, 10 years old. 50 inches high. Helps cousin spin every day after school. Witness: S.R. Hine." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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