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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Fannie and Friends: 1942

Fannie and Friends: 1942

April 1942. De Land pool aircraft construction class. Secretaries, housewives, waitresses, women from all over Central Florida are learning war work. Typical are those above in the Daytona Beach branch of the Volusia County Vocational School. Left to right are Helen Cook, a former county courthouse clerk with a brother in the Army; Ethel Chandler, whose husband is an Army lieutenant; Martha Adams, former nurse and now a housewife; Fannie Branum, housewife; Mabel McClintock, secretary and daughter of a retired Army officer; and Patricia Blair, a housewife with a brother in the Air Corps. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

How Things Work: 1942

How Things Work: 1942

April 1942. De Land, Florida, machine shop pool. "Aircraft construction class. These carefree high school students are learning the serious business of war production in a Daytona Beach vocational school located in a revamped nightclub. Instructor Gil Angell (with piston in his hand) is showing the group how to assemble an airplane engine. Left to right are Wilson Flippo, Angell, Dewey Stewart, 19; Ken Kirkpatrick, 18; Bill Jackson and Ned Brown, 18. Jobs already are waiting for most of them when they finish their courses." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Boston Rooters: 1914

Boston Rooters: 1914

October 9, 1914. Boston rooters at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, at the first game of the 1914 World Series. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Bermuda Hundred: 1865

Bermuda Hundred: 1865

Butler's signal tower at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, circa 1865. Wet-plate glass negative, left half of stereograph. Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. View full size.

 

Gallaudet Basketball: 1924

Gallaudet Basketball: 1924

"Boatwright, Gallaudet '24," taken that year at the venerable Washington, D.C., college for the deaf. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Palooka, XL: 1914

Palooka, XL: 1914

September 1914. The boxer Fred Welsh in New York. Note the cauliflower ear. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

B-17 Betty: 1942

B-17 Betty: 1942

October 1942. Long Beach, California. "Girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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