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The Avengers: 1943

The Avengers: 1943

February 1943. "Working on a 'Vengeance' dive bomber at Vultee Aircraft in Nashville, Tennessee." Gunning away at the Axis, one rivet at a time. Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Give Him a Schick: 1941

Give Him a Schick: 1941

July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Men's toilet accessories department at the Crowley-Milner department store." Inspecting the Schick Shaver. Large-format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Motley Crew: 1913

Motley Crew: 1913

December 1913. Stevenson, Alabama. "One of the young workers of the Stevenson Cotton Mills. Apparently under twelve years." Don't worry, kid. All that lint should keep you warm. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Red Scare: 1919

Red Scare: 1919

June 1919. "Palmer house after bomb explosion." The shattered facade of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer's house at 2132 R Street NW after the June 2 blast. The only casualty was anarchist Carlo Valdinoci, blown to bits when the dynamite-packed suitcase he was putting under the front steps exploded prematurely. A search by the police "revealed only fragments of the body of the dead man," the Washington Post reported. "A part of a shattered leg clothed in a red sock and a garter, and a mutilated head were picked up. Several spinal vertebrae were discovered in a front room on the second floor of the Swedish legation on the opposite side of the street." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

New Wave: 1941

New Wave: 1941

July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Women drying their hair in the beauty shop at the Crowley-Milner department store." Under the Helene Curtis Express. Large-format negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Capper of Kansas: 1924

Capper of Kansas: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Senator Capper of Kansas." Arthur Capper, a printer and newspaper editor by profession, in the composing room of the Government Printing Office. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Les Jeunes Étudiants: 1924

Les Jeunes Étudiants: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Maret French School." Our vocabulary word for the day: Ennui. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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