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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • 1940 PACKARD SUPER-8

Some Doffer Boys: 1909

Some Doffer Boys: 1909

January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "Some doffer boys." For those of us rusty on our cotton mill terminology, the job entailed the removal ("doffing") and replacement of thread bobbins when they were empty. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Commission. View full size.

 

Evinrude Girl: 1913

Evinrude Girl: 1913

1913. "Young woman posed with an Evinrude outboard motor." Able to outrun any lad with a Johnson. R.R. Johnstone photo studio, Milwaukee. View full size.

 

Daddy's Little Farmer: 1939

Daddy's Little Farmer: 1939

October 1939. "Mr. Dougherty and one of the children. Warm Springs district, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Psst! Bear in a Ranger Hat?

Psst! Bear in a Ranger Hat?

April 1923. Washington, D.C. Another unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate, showing someone we imagine to be the bureaucrat tasked with kindling fire-prevention slogans. Say, does it seem a little smokey in here? View full size.

 

In the Building: 1956

In the Building: 1956

May 1956, in the field house at University of Dayton, in the presence of The One. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington for Look magazine. View full size.

 

A Nice Round Number: 1935

A Nice Round Number: 1935

October 1935. Marysville, California. "Agricultural worker in migrant camp figuring his year's earnings," i.e. a rubber check. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Fresh Up: 1937

Fresh Up: 1937

September 1937. "Icehouse. Rosslyn, Virginia." Just across the Potomac from Washington, the home of beer, wine and 7-Up from 7 to 7, as well as one cool cat. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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