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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Don't Smoke, Visits Saloons: 1910

Don't Smoke, Visits Saloons: 1910

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "James Lequlla, newsboy, age 12. Selling newspapers 3 years. Average earnings 50 cents per week. Selling newspapers own choice. Earnings not needed at home. Don't smoke. Visits saloons. Works 7 hours per day." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

All Washed Up: 1910

All Washed Up: 1910

July 1910. Postal Telegraph Co. messengers, 283 Broadway. "The boys make good use of the shower baths." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Grand Central: 1941

Grand Central: 1941

October 1941. "Grand Central Terminal, New York City." View full size. Medium format negative by John Collier. FSA/Office of War Information archive.

 

Best Nap Ever!

Best Nap Ever!

June 1942. "Queens, New York. Nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project. Child dressing after a nap." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Spa Treatment: 1942

Spa Treatment: 1942

December 1942. Boxcars being refurbished. "Regular tracks of the South Yards of the Chicago & North Western R.R. Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Crossroads: 1939

Crossroads: 1939

October 1939. "Crossroads off the highway in a cut-over area. Boundary County, Idaho." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Embraceable Ewe: 1936

Embraceable Ewe: 1936

May 1936. "Farmer of Franklin County, Kansas." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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