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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

A Friendly Visit: 1941

A Friendly Visit: 1941

July 1941. "Sunday afternoon visitors. Vincennes, Indiana." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Vest Test: 1923

Vest Test: 1923

September 13, 1923. Washington, D.C. "W.H. Murphy of the Protective Garment Corp. of New York stood less than ten feet from [Frederick County, Md.] Deputy Sheriff Charles W. Smith in police headquarters Wednesday and let the deputy fire a .38 caliber revolver straight at his chest. When the bullet hit, Murphy never batted an eye. Inventors ot the bulletproof vest, which weighs about 11 pounds, have put iten the market for the protection of police and other officers in emergency cases. The bullet which Deputy Smith fired into the vest Wednesday was presented to him for a souvenir." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

No Gambling Allowed: 1940

No Gambling Allowed: 1940

May 1940. "Pool room in Scranton, Iowa." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Boiled Clothes: 1939

Boiled Clothes: 1939

November 1939. Butler County, Missouri. "Washing clothes at camp for evicted sharecroppers." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee. Waiting for the bus at the Memphis terminal." View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

The Smoking Gun: 1923

The Smoking Gun: 1923

September 13, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Testing bulletproof vest." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. [Update: more here.]

 

En Garde: 1925

En Garde: 1925

May 14, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Western High School fencing team." 4x5 glass negative from the National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 
 
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