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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Tires and You: 1942

Tires and You: 1942

Summer 1942. "Good citizenship and plain common sense. This man is performing a duty every car owner owes to himself and to our fighting men. In having his car adjusted to prevent excessive tire wear -- and in observing the simple rules that make tires last longer -- he is making a valuable contribution to our war effort. The man who wastes rubber is a poor citizen and blind even to his own personal interests." View full size. From photos by Martha McMillan Roberts, Howard Hollem, Albert Freeman and Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information.

 

Cold Comfort: 1938

Cold Comfort: 1938

New York, summer 1938. "Street vendor of shaved ices." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Jack Allison for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Stan and Warren: 1911

Stan and Warren: 1911

November 1911. Chicopee, Mass. Stanislaus Matthew, 30 Cabot Street (lefthand boy). Warren Butman, Nonotuck Street. Has worked in spinning room at Dwight Manufacturing since Monday. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Trucked: 1935

Trucked: 1935

October 1935. Our third shot of Red House, West Virginia, youngsters on the way to school by truck. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA. View full size.

 

Tony the Bobbin Boy: 1911

Tony the Bobbin Boy: 1911

November 1911. Chicopee, Massachusetts. Tony Soccha [Scocca?], 65 Exchange Place. Bobbin boy in #7 Room at Dwight Manufacturing; been working there for a year. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Highland Park: 1942

Highland Park: 1942

1942. Chrysler Corporation plant at Highland Park, Detroit. "Applying automobile production methods to machining of 40 mm. anti-aircraft gun barrels in a former automobile plant. Five cutting instruments work at the same time. Under the old single-operation methods of gunmaking, only one of these could work at one time. Automobile workers are proud of the improvement." Medium format safety negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The New Chrysler: 1942

The New Chrysler: 1942

1942. Chrysler Corporation plant at Highland Park, Detroit. "Conversion. Here, in a former automobile plant, 40 mm. anti-aircraft gun barrels are machined and made ready for front-line duty. Since they must shoot fast-moving objects at great distances, they must be finished to the very finest of tolerances." Medium format negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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