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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Apalachicola Shuckers: 1909

Apalachicola Shuckers: 1909

January 1909. "Oyster shuckers at Apalachicola, Florida. This work is carried on by many young boys during busy seasons. This is a dull year so only a few youngsters were in evidence." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Lena Again: 1908

Lena Again: 1908

August 1908, Cincinnati. "Lena Lochiavo, 11 years old, Basket Seller, Sixth Street Market. Saloon entrance. 11 p.m. Had been there since 10 a.m. and not yet sold out." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

October 27, 1908. "Mrs. W.J. [William Jennings] Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty in carriage" in New York. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Excitement Begins: 1938

The Excitement Begins: 1938

August 1938. Girls at the fair in central Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Elmer Pace: 1942

Elmer Pace: 1942

August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes. As a National Youth Administration trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem. View full size.

 

Lena Lochiavo: 1908

Lena Lochiavo: 1908

Cincinnati, August 1908. "Lena Lochiavo, 11 years old, 209 West Sixth Street. Basket [and pretzel] seller at Sixth Street Market in front of saloon entrance." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Reading Tree: 1939

The Reading Tree: 1939

July 1939. "Negro tenant farmer reading paper on a hot Saturday afternoon. Note vegetable garden across footpath. Chatham County, North Carolina." Photograph by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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