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Bright Horton: 1909

Bright Horton: 1909

Small girl, Bright Horton, works in Atherton Mill, Charlotte, N.C. Been in mill work 2 years. January 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The President's White

The President's White

The President's 40-horsepower White Model M steam-powered touring car. March 1909. Photographed on the White House grounds in the early days of the Taft administration. In the back is the State Department, now the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Question for the old-car experts: Does each tire really have multiple valve stems?

 

Just Mowed: 1943

Just Mowed: 1943

Farmland and weathered barn in the Catskill country, New York State. June 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Glass Boy: 1909

Glass Boy: 1909

"A typical glass-boy. Woodbury Bottle Works, New Jersey." November 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Scan from 5x7 glass negative.

 

Onions, Limes, Potatoes: 1908

Onions, Limes, Potatoes: 1908

"Fruit Venders, Indianapolis Market, August 1908. Witness E.N. Clopper." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Scan from 5x7 glass plate negative.

 

Little Spinner: 1909

Little Spinner: 1909

"A little spinner in a Georgia cotton mill." January 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Scan from 5x7 glass plate negative.

 

Sea Breeze Jr:: 1915

Sea Breeze Jr:: 1915

Nurse and patient "Sea Breeze Jr." circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Probably taken at one of New York's seaside "cottage" hospitals for babies, where plenty of fresh air and sunshine were believed to be therapeutic.

 
 
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