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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Fort Belvoir: 1943

Fort Belvoir: 1943

Engineers' color guard at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, photographer unknown.

 

Parade Day: 1942

Parade Day: 1942

August 1942. Children stage a "patriotic demonstration" at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Conn. View full size. Kodachrome by Fenno Jacobs.

 

Ella Watson: 1942

Ella Watson: 1942

August 1942. Ella Watson, a charwoman employed by the government in Washington, D.C. View full size. Photograph by Gordon Parks, who took dozens of pictures of Mrs. Watson in one of his first assignments for the FSA.

 

Miss Liberty: 1942

Miss Liberty: 1942

May 1942. Emily Schwak, Queen of the May at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Connecticut, where the children put on a patriotic display. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs.

 

Lincoln: 1942

Lincoln: 1942

Lincoln, Nebraska. 1942. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.

 

Victoria Station: 1951

Victoria Station: 1951

1951. Lisa Fonssagrives at Victoria Station in London. Photograph by Toni Frissell for Harper's Bazaar. View full size.

 

Independence Day: 1939

Independence Day: 1939

A poster for the 1939 July 4th celebration at the DuPage County Centennial in Downers Grove, Illinois. View full size

 
 
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