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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Corpus Christi: 1942

Corpus Christi: 1942

August 1942. Naval Air Base at Corpus Christi, Texas. Jesse Rhodes Waller, aviation ordnance mate third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Indianapolis: 1908

Indianapolis: 1908

Noon, August 1908. "Young People in an Indianapolis Cotton Mill." Uncharacteristically happy photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, who generally seemed to prefer that his subjects scowl for the camera. View full size.

 

Mama and Joey: 1943

Mama and Joey: 1943

December 1943. Lynn Massman and her son Joey at the United Nations service center nursery in Washington, D.C. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Nathan Drake: 1942

Nathan Drake: 1942

February 1942. The fiddler Nathan Drake at the Farm Security Administration's Mercer Evans relocation camp in Weslaco, Texas. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Practice Makes Perfect: 1940

Practice Makes Perfect: 1940

November 1940. "Living room in farm home of John Frost, part owner of 135 acres of semi-marginal land in Tehama County, California. He raises turkeys, hogs and dairy cattle." We met the girl and her dad last week, listening to the radio. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Chinpull: 1942

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Chinpull: 1942

"Soldiers in full field equipment learning the 'chinpull' method of saving men from drowning" circa 1942. American Red Cross archives. View full size.

 

Dubuque: 1940

Dubuque: 1940

April 1940. "Business section of Dubuque, Iowa. The rich live in houses on the cliffs seen in background." View full size. 35mm negative by John Vachon.

 
 
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