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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

1926 or 1927. Washington, D.C. "H.E.F. & lamb." Herbert E. French, the proprietor of National Photo. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Miss Fudge: 1921

Miss Fudge: 1921

1921. "Dog cemetery, Miss Logan's dog." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Butte Parade: 1939

Butte Parade: 1939

Summer 1939. Butte, Montana. "High school band parading up Montana street." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Pretty in Pink: 1952

Pretty in Pink: 1952

Circa 1952, possibly in Indiana. Another image from Set 2 of found 35mm Kodachromes. Note the Cadillac-inspired tacked-on tailfins on the Ford, which we'll tentatively identify as a 1950 Crestliner. View full size.

Right Smart Two Years: 1908

Right Smart Two Years: 1908

October 1908. Gastonia, North Carolina. Boy from Loray Mill. "Been at it right smart two years." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Sad Linty Luther: 1913

Sad Linty Luther: 1913

April 1913. Lindale, Georgia. "Luther Dories. Been doffing some months in Spinning Room #2, Massachusetts Mills. Said 12 years old, but very doubtful. Father and brother work." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Apple Turnover: 1926

Apple Turnover: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926 or 1927. "Liberty Pie Company truck wreck." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 
 
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