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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Guess What: 1943

Guess What: 1943

      So many of you guessed correctly on this one that we're not going to wait till tomorrow for the answer -- the lady's job is: Telegram gummer. Original caption for the photo, taken by Esther Bubley: "June 1943. Miss Kathleen McCarthy, a Western Union teleprinter operator, gumming telegraph messages."

The year is 1943 and the place is Washington, D.C. What is this girl doing? (Hint: Hundreds if not thousands of people had the same job over the course of many years.) Check back on Sunday for the answer. View full size.

 

Motor Check: 1924

Motor Check: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Havoline Oil Co." Participants in the "Wasson Motor Check" at the Texaco Station on the corner of Florida Avenue and 14th Street. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Here It Is: 1924

Here It Is: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Indian Refining Co. -- Havoline Oil." The "Wasson Motor Check" at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, glimpsed earlier in this post. Details of "this wonderful machine" in the comments below. View full size.

 

Lucky Pups: 1938

Lucky Pups: 1938

November 1938. "Shafter Camp for migrants, California. Cotton picker's children who live in a tent in the government camp instead of along the highway or in a ditch." Photo by Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Ship-Shapers: 1905

Ship-Shapers: 1905

South Chicago circa 1905. "Steamer William E. Corey, interior of hold." An inside look at the bulk freighter seen earlier here. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

String of Pearls: 1941

String of Pearls: 1941

Detroit, summer 1941. Our third look at a series of photos taken by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. The first few are labeled "Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Then the caption disappears, and the rest of the photos bear the notation "This image in jacket marked 'killed'." View full size.

 

Dog-Pounds: 1914

Dog-Pounds: 1914

1914. "Dogs in costume weighing 'baby' puppy on scale." The kittens are taking a break this week. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 
 
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