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

Chi-Town Urchin: 1941

Chi-Town Urchin: 1941

April 1941. "Street urchin, Black Belt, Chicago." Also seen here. 35mm negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Springtime in Chicago: 1941

Springtime in Chicago: 1941

April 1941. Street scene in the Black Belt, South Side Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Fast Food: 1938

Fast Food: 1938

September 1938. "Making a purchase at traveling grocery store. Forrest City, Arkansas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

South by Southwest: 1943

South by Southwest: 1943

March 1943. Melrose, New Mexico. Chicago to California trip. "Santa Fe R.R. train." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Tete-a-Tete: 1922

Tete-a-Tete: 1922

"Fifty-fifty - something better than rolling Easter eggs." Sharing a drink at the White House Easter-egg roll in 1922. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Easter Parade: 1925

Easter Parade: 1925

Washington, D.C. "Easter Sunday, 1925." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Low Roller: 1921

Low Roller: 1921

1921. Easter egg roller at the White House. View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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