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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Adoration: 1898

Adoration: 1898

New York, 1898. "Adoration," posed by May Holly and Hortense. 8x10 dry-plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size. Happy Mother's Day!

 

The Fields Family: 1911

The Fields Family: 1911

May 1911. Fries, Virginia. "T.J. Fields and family. Work at Washington Cotton Mills. The father cards, two girls spin, boy on right end picks up bobbins. Been working a year or two. Mother and smallest children not in photo." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Manger: 1901

The Manger: 1901

Newport, Rhode Island, 1901. "The Manger. Experimental portrait showing values of white against white, featuring a young woman holding a baby." 8x10 dry-plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Island Palms: 1941

Island Palms: 1941

December 1941. "Palm trees along the road, vicinity of Christiansted, Saint Croix, Virgin Islands." View full size. Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Factory Air: 1942

Factory Air: 1942

February 1942. "Synthetic rubber (Ameripol). Worker standing on blowdown tank, ready to tap polymerizer tank at the Akron, Ohio, synthetic rubber plant of the B.F. Goodrich Co." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Princess Priscilla: 1924

Princess Priscilla: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Princess Bibesco of Rumania." Priscilla Bibesco (1920-2004) led an interesting and peripatetic life. Marcel Proust and Queen Alexandra were her godparents; her father was the Romanian ambassador to Washington. When World War 2 began, she hitchhiked to Beirut to become a spy; after the Communists took over in Eastern Europe, she made her home in Paris. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Nuclear Family: 1956

Nuclear Family: 1956

Another found 35mm Kodachrome transparency from our New Jersey family of slide-takers in their atomic living room circa 1956. View full size.

 
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