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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

High Octane: 1942

High Octane: 1942

August 1942. "Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem.

 

Mill Winder: 1908

Mill Winder: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, S.C. Soarbar Seris has worked off and on in the mill for five years, more nights than daytime. Winds at Maples Mills. Gets 70 cents and up. "Reckon I'm about 14." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers: 1938

Red Hot Chili Peppers: 1938

October 1938. Musicians playing accordion and washboard in front of a store near New Iberia, Louisiana, the home of Tabasco pepper sauce. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Not by Bread Alone: 1941

Not by Bread Alone: 1941

April 1941. "Abandoned building, South Side of Chicago." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

On a Clear Day: 1943

On a Clear Day: 1943

June 1943. Richmondville, New York. Farmland meadow in the Catskill Mountains. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Farm Noir: 1938

Farm Noir: 1938

May 1938. Passing the time outside a crossroads store in Irwinville Farms, Georgia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Iola and Anna: 1922

Iola and Anna: 1922

June 17, 1922. Iola Swinnerton and Anna Neibel, winners of a beauty contest at Washington's Tidal Bathing Beach. Miss Swinnerton resides at 3125 Mount Pleasant Street NW. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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