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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Brown Mine: 1908

Brown Mine: 1908

October 1908. Digging coal by machinery at the Brown Mine in West Virginia. Note open-flame headlamps. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Gentle Reminder: 1938

A Gentle Reminder: 1938

1938 WPA silkscreen poster promoting oral hygiene. Artist unknown. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection. Now available as a print!

 

A Fast Crowd: 1916

A Fast Crowd: 1916

June 18, 1916. Sunday recreation at Sandy Beach for mill boys ages 14-16. Fall River, Massachusetts. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Horseplay: 1916

Horseplay: 1916

Mill boys showing off at Sandy Beach. June 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. What else are these boys up to? Read on.

 

Peyton Place: 1916

Peyton Place: 1916

June 1916. "Pick-up at Sandy Beach merry-go-round. Girls are 14-16. Wearing short dresses." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

'Pick-up' in the Park: 1916

'Pick-up' in the Park: 1916

June 1916. A Sunday afternoon "pick-up" at Sandy Beach. Girls about 15. Fall River, Massachusetts. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Kids These Days: 1916

Kids These Days: 1916

June 1916. Sandy Beach near Fall River, Massachusetts. "Two girls in foreground about 15. Mr. Tebbutt says dance hall bad conditions. Penny picture machine attracting crowds." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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