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

Fort Knox: 1942

Fort Knox: 1942

June 1942. M-3 tank crews at Fort Knox, Kentucky. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

House of Tires: 1940

House of Tires: 1940

March 1940. Secondhand tires for sale at a gas station in San Marcos, Texas. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Missouri: 1938

Missouri: 1938

May 1938. New Madrid County, Missouri. "Wife and child of sharecropper, cut-over farmer of Mississippi bottoms." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Cafe Texan: 1939

Cafe Texan: 1939

April 1939. Street scene in San Augustine, Texas. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Ramallah: 1939

Ramallah: 1939

Radio masts in Ramallah, British Mandate Palestine, circa 1939. 5x7 dry plate glass negative from the Matson Photo Service collection. View full size.

 

I Am the Oud Man: 1940

I Am the Oud Man: 1940

Oud player at the Palestine Broadcasting Service studios in Jerusalem circa 1940 during the British Mandate. View full size. 5x7 acetate, Matson Photo Service.

 

Our Humble Chapeaux: 1914

Our Humble Chapeaux: 1914

May 25, 1914. "Mrs. Del Campo and Ruth Rabasa," daughter of the Mexican diplomat Emilio Rabasa. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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