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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

A Tehama Home Companion: 1940

A Tehama Home Companion: 1940

November 1940. Tehama County, California. John Frost and his daughter listening to the radio in their home. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Chain Bridge: 1865

Chain Bridge: 1865

View down the Chain Bridge over the Potomac near Washington circa 1865. Wet collodion glass plate negative by William Morris Smith. View full size.

 

Dead Ox Express: 1939

Dead Ox Express: 1939

October 1939. Malheur County, Oregon. "Siphon, the world's longest, which carries water five miles to Dead Ox Flat. It is eight feet in diameter." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

Proviso Perspective: 1943

Proviso Perspective: 1943

April 1943. More ocher trackage at the Chicago & North Western's Proviso Yard in Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Jasper County: 1940

Jasper County: 1940

May 1940. Corn planting in Jasper County, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

War Clouds: 1942

War Clouds: 1942

One of a series of chemical-plant smokestacks photographed by Alfred Palmer in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Akron, Ohio, in 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency for the Office of War Information.

 

A Wrinkle in Time: 1865

A Wrinkle in Time: 1865

Spring 1865. A closeup of the young ladies shown in an earlier post of the Canal Bridge at Seventh Street in Richmond, Virginia. View full size.

 
 
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