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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Berkshires Picnic: 1941

Berkshires Picnic: 1941

October 1941. "Picnic party from the mill towns enjoys the autumn foliage of the Berkshires along the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.

 

In-Boxes: 1940

In-Boxes: 1940

April 1940. "Mailboxes in Catron County, New Mexico." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Fort Burnham: 1864

Fort Burnham: 1864

"Fort Burnham, Virginia, the former Confederate Fort Harrison. Federal soldiers in front of bomb-proof headquarters." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereo pair, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Cheers: 1940

Cheers: 1940

February 1940. "Girls in beer parlor adjoining dance hall. Marshalltown, Iowa." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Atlanta: 1915

Atlanta: 1915

Atlanta, March 1915. Mrs. Dora Stainers, 562½ Decatur St. 39 years old. Began spinning in an Atlanta mill at 7 years, and is in this mill for 32 years. Only 4 days of schooling in her life. Began at 20 cents a day. The most she ever made was $1.75 a day & now she is earning $1 a day when she works. Her little girl Lillie is the same age she was when she started work, but the mother says, "I ain't goin to put her to work if I can help it. I'm goin' to give her as much education as I can so she can do better than I did." Mrs. Stainers is a woman of exceptional ability considering her training. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Buster and Eldridge: 1912

Buster and Eldridge: 1912

Newark, New Jersey. December 1912. "Eldridge Bernard, 11 years old. Buster Smith, 6 years old. Colored route boys of Newark. Taken at 4 p.m." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Regular Lubrication: 1942

Regular Lubrication: 1942

February 1942. "Something the matter with your wringer? It probably needs a few drops of oil. Regular lubrication by your repair man assures smooth functioning of the mechanism. If you attempt to do the job yourself, you may find the family wash oiled." View full size. Medium-format negative by Ann Rosener, OWI.

 
 
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