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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Four of Hearts: 1943

Four of Hearts: 1943

June 1943. Arlington, Virginia. "Girls entertaining their guests in one of the two card rooms at a residence for the women who work in the U.S. government for the duration of the war. More privacy is afforded here than in the main lounge." Ignoring the fact that the Card Room has Esther Bubley taking your picture for the Office of War Information. The sequel to our previous post after what seems to have been some rearranging of lamps and card players. View full size.

 

Night Moves: 1943

Night Moves: 1943

June 1943. Arlington, Virginia. "Girls entertaining their guests in one of the two card rooms at a residence for the women who work in the U.S. government for the duration of the war. More privacy is afforded here than in the main lounge." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Heavy Duty: 1918

Heavy Duty: 1918

"Fageol heavy truck assembly -- Oakland, California, factory, 1918." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Company. View full size.

 

Class Clowns: 1920

Class Clowns: 1920

June 3, 1920. New York. "Columbia University Class of 1909." Congrats to all you grads out there! 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Next Stop, Niketown: 1908

Next Stop, Niketown: 1908

        No doubt some of your chums are already enjoying this fast-paced sport. Why not give it a "shot" to-day?

New York, 1908. "Basket-ball at Columbia University gymnasium." 8x10 inch glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Window Shopping: 1943

Window Shopping: 1943

June 1943. Arlington, Virginia. "Ordering clothes from a mail order house at Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work for the U.S. government for the duration of the war." Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 

Temple of Music: 1928

Temple of Music: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Hudson Super Six with Biddle & Smart body at Golden Gate Park Music Stand." Also known as the Spreckels Temple of Music. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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