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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Mid-Nite Spook Party: 1935

Mid-Nite Spook Party: 1935

Way back when, the scariest day of the year was May 14. We're kicking off the Shorpy Halloween party with some of the spookiest posters you've even seen! This one's from 1935. View full size. Triangle Poster & Printing Co., Chicago.

 

Mullets: 1938

Mullets: 1938

January 1938. Bait seller in Key West, Florida. View full size. 3¼ x 4¼ nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Babe, Bill, Jack and Vean: 1916

Babe, Bill, Jack and Vean: 1916

Babe Ruth, Bill Carrigan, Jack Barry and Vean Gregg of the Boston Red Sox in 1916. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Dog Funeral: 1922

Dog Funeral: 1922

"Dog Funeral." Laying Fido to rest in Washington, D.C., circa 1922. 4x5 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Watching the World Go By: 1938

Watching the World Go By: 1938

Summer 1938. Passing the time outside the bus station in Marion, Ohio. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Percy Neville: 1913

Percy Neville: 1913

November 1913. Shreveport, Louisiana. "Percy Neville, 11 years old. Messenger boy #6 for Mackay Telegraph Company. He has been messenger for different companies for four years. Goes to the Reservation [red light district] every day." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Chiaroscuro: 1909

Chiaroscuro: 1909

November 1909. "Night scene, Wheaton Glass Works." Blowing bottles in Millville, New Jersey. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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