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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Triangle Service Station: 1925

Triangle Service Station: 1925

1925. The Triangle Service Station in Arlington, Virginia, at Mount Vernon Avenue and Military Road. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Iced Tee: 1926

Iced Tee: 1926

July 9, 1926. "Golf and bathing suits." For the first day of summer, we revisit the lovely ladies seen here a few days ago strumming ukuleles. Now they're on the links with an early air-conditioned golf cart. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Big Muddy: 1942

Big Muddy: 1942

Fort Knox, June 1942. "Light tank going through water obstacle." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

Band of Brothers: 1924

Band of Brothers: 1924

1924. "Children of Mrs. Milan Getling" (actually Getting). National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bombs and Butter: 1942

Bombs and Butter: 1942

June 1942. "Why greases must be saved. Introducing two good soldiers of the home front: the housewife who saves her waste household fats and greases, and the butcher to whom she gives this salvaged fat after she has collected at least one pound, strained it through a metal sieve and poured it into a large, wide-mouthed can. Butchers displaying the poster shown here will pay househoulders for the fat, and sell it to rendering plants thereby turning this valuable material into industrial channels where it will be processed into ammunition for America's fighting men." Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the OWI. View full size.

 

Fat Willie and Napoleon: 1909

Fat Willie and Napoleon: 1909

6 p.m., May 18, 1909. Somersworth, New Hampshire. "Group of boys working in Great Falls Manufacturing Co. Smallest boy is Alfred Ouellet, 212 Main Street. Fat boy is Willie Laudry, 35 South St. Boy on right hand end is Napoleon St. Lawrence, 23 Union Street." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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.

 
 
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