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

TVA: 1942

TVA: 1942

June 1942. Tightening a nut on a guide vane servomotor in the Tennessee Valley Authority hydroelectric plant at the Watts Bar Dam. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

North American Aviation: 1942

North American Aviation: 1942

October 1942. Bomb bay gasoline tanks for long-range flights by B-25 bombers await installation at the North American Aviation plant in Inglewood, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Flying Fortress: 1942

Flying Fortress: 1942

October 1942. Workers installing fixtures and assemblies in the tail section of a B-17F bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

La Primadora II

La Primadora II

Another view of Max Schwarz's La Primadora cigar shop at 1153 Broadway in New York, and a closeup of what looks like planking on the sidewalk. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

10 Million Bushels: 1943

10 Million Bushels: 1943

March 1943. The giant Santa Fe Elevator near Kansas City, demolished in the 1990s, held 10 million bushels of grain. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Farm Security Administration/OWI.

 

Mold Boy: 1909

Mold Boy: 1909

November 1909. Cumberland Glass Works at Bridgeton, New Jersey. A young "holding-mold boy" is seen, dimly, to the left [little kid toward the back]. Negroes, Greeks and Italians are being employed in many glass houses. View full size. Photograph and caption by child-labor reformer Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cumberland Glass Works: 1909

Cumberland Glass Works: 1909

November 1909. Blowing bottles. Night shift at the Cumberland Glass Works in Bridgeton, New Jersey. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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