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

St. Croix: 1941

St. Croix: 1941

December 1941. Another image from Jack Delano's Caribbean assignment. "Farm road near one of the villages on the northern coast of St. Croix, Virgin Islands." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the FSA.

 

Young Will: 1908

Young Will: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. "Will Morrill, Wylie Mill. Been in mill five years." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Christiansted: 1941

Christiansted: 1941

December 1941. "Street scene, Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

Simon Birdsong: 1914

Simon Birdsong: 1914

November 1914. Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Rosemary Manufacturing Co. Two violations. Simon Birdsong, left hand boy. "I'm about 12." His mother said: "He's old enough to work all right," but the boy admitted that she had to sign up that he was older than he was. He appears to be 10. Has had job doffing for several weeks. Could not write his own name. Has had no schooling after the 1st grade. Wylie Haw (right hand boy). Mother says he is 12 years old now. Been working 1 year. She is a widow. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

St. Augustine: 1865

St. Augustine: 1865

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1865. "View of town from bay." View full size. Wet-plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, by Samuel A. Cooley.

 

Family Plan: 1908

Family Plan: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. Wylie Mill. Boy with calf is Pamento Benson. Raising it for beef. Has worked in mill 2 years. Mr. Benson said, "Just as soon as the boys get old enough to handle a plow, we go straight back to the farm. Factory is no place for boys." Next to Pamento is Ray Benson, "helper in the mill." Next Clarence Rost, works in mill. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Stitch in Time: 1941

A Stitch in Time: 1941

December 1941. Seamstress in Puerto Rico. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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