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Six of seven WPA posters by Louis B. Siegriest (1899-1989) promoting American Indian art at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Available as Vintagraph fine-art prints, made from ultra high-resolution scans of the original serigraphs -- very detailed and quite beautiful. View full size | Shop the art.
October 1908. Evansville, Indiana. "World Furniture Company, noon hour. Boy at left hand end was running machine composed of two unguarded circular Saws. The board he was pushing stuck and he gave it an impatient shove. Had he slipped, both hands and arms would have gone into the edges of the saws." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1890s. "The Ponce de Leon Hotel, rear view." With this post, Shorpy is entering vacation mode for a week, having packed his bindle and hopped a freight for the wide open spaces. While he's gone we'll try to make do with just a post or two every day. View full size.
March 1943. Summit, California. "Brakeman opening the retainer valve on a car on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad between Barstow and San Bernardino. From here to San Bernardino is one long downgrade of more than 2,700 feet." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.