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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

The Best Little Bathouse in Texas

The Best Little Bathouse in Texas

1914. Dr. Charles Campbell and a "municipal bat-roost" in San Antonio, Texas ("for one of man's best friends"), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S. Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Texas: 1943

Texas: 1943

April 1943. Schoolchildren in San Augustine County, Texas. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Nashville: 1864

Nashville: 1864

1864. View from the Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee. View full size. Wet collodion glass-plate stereograph negative by George N. Barnard.

 

Atlanta: 1864

Atlanta: 1864

1864. Union Army soldier at Confederate fortifications outside of Atlanta. Wet collodion glass-plate negative by George N. Barnard. View full size.

 

Tifton: 1909

Tifton: 1909

January 1909. Two of the "helpers" in the Tifton Cotton Mill at Tifton, Georgia. They work regularly. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cigarette Girl: 1911

Cigarette Girl: 1911

June 1911. Ethel Shumate. Has been rolling cigarettes in Danville (Virginia) factory for six months. Lives at 614 Upper Street. Said she was 13 years old, but it is doubtful. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Bureau of Standards: 1925

Bureau of Standards: 1925

February 19, 1925. "M.S. Strock measuring radio lengths at the Bureau of Standards." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection.

 
 
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