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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

10¢ Turkish Bath: 1910

10¢ Turkish Bath: 1910

10-cent Turkish bath in New York's Bowery district circa 1910. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

A Square Meal for a Nickel: 1910

A Square Meal for a Nickel: 1910

5 cent restaurant in New York's Bowery circa 1910. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. What you get for your 5 cents at the People's Restaurant: Stew, Pork & Beans, Oatmeal & Milk. "All with bread & coffee."

 

Dam Workers: 1942

Dam Workers: 1942

June 1942. Workers on the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Dam hydro- electric project. View full size. 3.25 inch safety negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

TVA: 1942

TVA: 1942

June 1942. Control Room of the TVA's Watts Bar Dam on the Tennessee River. View full size. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Watts Bar: 1942

Watts Bar: 1942

"Watts Bar steam plant. Large opening leads to lobby which gives access to stairs, overlook balcony, and toilets. Lobby is separated from turbine hall by a similar glazed opening. A direct view can be had from outside toward impressive generators. Note hooded slits which take place of windows in boiler room. Design facilitates blackout." View full size. Circa 1942; photographer unknown.

 

Wilson Dam: 1942

Wilson Dam: 1942

June 1942. Excursion steamer Gordon C. Green of Cincinnati approaching the TVA's Wilson Dam in Alabama. View full size. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein.

 

East Dubuque: 1940

East Dubuque: 1940

April 1940. East Dubuque, Illinois. "Waiting for the train to Minneapolis." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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