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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Roeber's Cafe: 1908

Roeber's Cafe: 1908

On the left, champion wrestler and vaudeville impresario Ernst Roeber (1861-1944) and his Manhattan saloon at 499 Sixth Avenue around Easter 1908. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Roeber (aka Ernest or Ernie) also operated a cafe in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn.

 

The Hooch Express: 1922

The Hooch Express: 1922

November 16, 1922. Cases of moonshine next to wreck of bootlegger's car in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

La Toilette: 1942

La Toilette: 1942

July 1942. Woman and her daughter in the Frederick Douglass housing project in the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C. View full size. 4x5 safety film negative by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information.

 

Murder on the Radio: 1943

Murder on the Radio: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Listening to a murder mystery on the radio in a boardinghouse." This is one of the photos in the new Ken Burns documentary "The War," with the narrator talking about people listening to war news. Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size. Two other photos used in "The War" are here and here, even though the latter picture was taken in 1936, three years before WWII began, and is in Tennessee, not Alabama, as implied by the voiceover.

 

3 a.m. Sunday, Brooklyn: 1908

3 a.m. Sunday, Brooklyn: 1908

"3 a.m. Sunday, February 23, 1908. Newsboys selling on Brooklyn Bridge. Harry Ahrenpreiss, 30 Willet St. Said was 13 years old. Abe Gramus, 37 Division St. Witness Fred McMurray." View full size. Photo & caption: Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

TVA: 1942

TVA: 1942

June 1942. Gas-welding a joint in a line of spiral pipe at the Tennessee Valley Authority's new Douglas Dam on the French Broad River. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

The Fab Five: 1922

The Fab Five: 1922

"Lansburgh bathing girls" in 1922 near Washington, D.C. Girl on the right: Iola Swinnerton. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 
 
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