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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Mama and Joey: 1943

Mama and Joey: 1943

December 1943. Lynn Massman and her son Joey at the United Nations service center nursery in Washington, D.C. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Nathan Drake: 1942

Nathan Drake: 1942

February 1942. The fiddler Nathan Drake at the Farm Security Administration's Mercer Evans relocation camp in Weslaco, Texas. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Practice Makes Perfect: 1940

Practice Makes Perfect: 1940

November 1940. "Living room in farm home of John Frost, part owner of 135 acres of semi-marginal land in Tehama County, California. He raises turkeys, hogs and dairy cattle." We met the girl and her dad last week, listening to the radio. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Chinpull: 1942

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Chinpull: 1942

"Soldiers in full field equipment learning the 'chinpull' method of saving men from drowning" circa 1942. American Red Cross archives. View full size.

 

Dubuque: 1940

Dubuque: 1940

April 1940. "Business section of Dubuque, Iowa. The rich live in houses on the cliffs seen in background." View full size. 35mm negative by John Vachon.

 

Cadet Deitz: 1942

Cadet Deitz: 1942

August 1942. "Cadet L. Deitz at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem. View full size.

 

George Lane: 1942

George Lane: 1942

April 1942. "Sixty-year-old George Lane, former house painter, is a valuable worker in the De Land, Florida, industrial pool [of small machine shops]. He served in the last war with the British Army from Vimy Ridge to the Occupation. Two of his sons are in the American Army, one with the Air Corps in Australia. His daughter volunteered for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. Seven of his nephews are in the British Army. Using his old skill with the brush, he is now painting De Land pool products." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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