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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Now It Can Be Told: 1942

Now It Can Be Told: 1942

February 1942. Akron, Ohio. Another esoteric industrial process involving scary-looking thingamabobs essential to the war effort. Executive summary: Performing a painstakingly choreographed ballet of complicated tasks at precisely timed intervals, Joe Warworker here is doing his part to Speed Victory! View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Santa Baby: 1963

Santa Baby: 1963

Christmas 1963 in Rochester, Indiana. From a slide. View full size.

The Oracle Next Door: 1920

The Oracle Next Door: 1920

Denishawn dance company founder Ruth St. Denis and husband Ted Shawn with a smattering of vestal virgins circa 1920. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Greetings, Weblings: 1955

Greetings, Weblings: 1955

1955. My brother had just gotten his 35mm Lordox and was experimenting. Always ready to be the center of attention, I was glad to supply the subject matter. Another cool shirt. The TV is showing what most people would think is a Cadillac emblem, but I think it's Nash. View full size.

Duet: 1940

Duet: 1940

September 1940. St. Mary's County, Maryland. "John and Louise Dyson, aged Farm Security Administration borrowers. Mr. Dyson was born into slavery over eighty years ago. Mrs. Dyson is the mother of fifteen children." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

End of the Rainbow: Cars!

End of the Rainbow: Cars!

1955. A rainbow over the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, seems to end on a row of classic 50s cars. The two-tone '53 Olds is nice, but I wish it wasn't obscuring the red-roofed Merc behind it. Shot by my brother, then a freshman there, on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Guys and Dolls: 1925

Guys and Dolls: 1925

December 24, 1925. More of the "Uncle Sam's Follies" cast. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 
 
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