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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Messenger 43: 1913

Messenger 43: 1913

Houston, Texas. October 1913. "Fourteen-year-old Western Union Messenger #43. Works until 10:30 p.m. Goes to Reservation [red light district] some." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Laredo: 1941

Laredo: 1941

August 1941. Laredo, Montana. "Farm Security Administration borrower and 2 of his children." View full size. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott.

 

Avant-Garden: 1921

Avant-Garden: 1921

July 15, 1921. Our third photo of the treetop table at the Krazy Kat club in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Coming Monday: Details on the Krazy Kat and one of the notables who ran it.)

 

Nutrition Division: 1920

Nutrition Division: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Nutrition Division, Bureau of Chemistry, Department of Agriculture." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Broad Channel: 1915

Broad Channel: 1915

"Dinner at Broad Channel." Summer cottage in the Jamaica Bay, Queens, island community circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Branch Office: 1921

Branch Office: 1921

July 15, 1921. More strange goings-on at the Krazy Kat. Our waiter has a ball and chain dangling from his sleeve. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Florida: 1957

Florida: 1957

"Cypress Gardens, Fla. Visited April 5, 1957." From a new set of found 35mm Kodachromes. This one probably purchased in the gift shop. View full size.

 
 
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