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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Work Zone: 1925

Work Zone: 1925

"Street, Washington, D.C., 1925." Who'll be the first to identify this wannabe skyscraper? [Answer: The Vermont Building, on Vermont Avenue at L Street.] National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ice Men: 1941

Ice Men: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Diners in Washington Hot Shoppes restaurant." An exciting night of ice skating awaits, or has just concluded. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

In Dreamland: 1905

In Dreamland: 1905

Coney Island, New York, circa 1905. "In Dreamland." Meet you over at Canals of Venice. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Victory Corps: 1942

Victory Corps: 1942

August 1942. "Training in marksmanship helps girls at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles develop into responsible women. Part of Victory Corps activities there, rifle practice encourages girls to be accurate in handling firearms. Practicing on the rifle range in the school's basement." Large format acetate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Beulah Ogle: 1933

Beulah Ogle: 1933

November 1933. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. "Beulah Ogle preparing warp for weaving at the Pi Beta Phi School. She is a new weaver at the school and lives on a mountain farm." Another example of Lewis Hine's post-newsie oeuvre. Large format nitrate negative, National Archives. View full size.

 

American Doll: 1936

American Doll: 1936

1936. "Mount Holyoke, Mass. Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Building rubber doll moulds." Photo by Lewis Hine, who seems to have moved on to bigger things once he was done snapping newsies. View full size.

 

Liver & Lights: 1942

Liver & Lights: 1942

February 1942. Detroit, Michigan. "Sign in a grocery window in the Negro district: 'chitlins and hog maws'." Not to mention Taystee Bread. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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