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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • HALL OF SCIENCE, 1934 WORLD'S FAIR

The Sink at the Top of the Stairs: 1937

The Sink at the Top of the Stairs: 1937

January 1937. "Children of migrant citrus worker who lives in a rundown apartment house. The sink at the head of the stairs is the only running water in the house. Winter Haven, Florida." Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

The Braidwood Bunch: 1904

The Braidwood Bunch: 1904

Circa 1904. "Depot at Braidwood, Illinois." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Rollersnake: 1922

Rollersnake: 1922

September 26, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Virginia Avenue playgrounds." Equipped with a skate pit. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Shafter Strikers: 1938

Shafter Strikers: 1938

November 1938. Shafter, California. "During the cotton strike, the father, a striking picker, has left his wife and child in the car while he applies to the Farm Security Administration for an emergency food grant." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pine & Second: 1943

Pine & Second: 1943

February 1943. "Daytona Beach, Florida, street scene." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information; Photobomb by Humphrey Bogart. View full size.

 

Rooftop Detroit: 1899

Rooftop Detroit: 1899

Detroit circa 1899. "Detroit N.E. from Chamber of Commerce." The elevated vantage affords an excellent view of at least a dozen of the city's celebrated "moonlight tower" carbon arc lamps -- giant electric fixtures 165 feet tall, each illuminating several blocks. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Publix: 1963

Publix: 1963

1963. "George Jenkins, founder of the Publix supermarket chain, at store in Lakeland, Florida." 35mm negative by Marvin Newman for the Look magazine assignment "George Pleasures Them With Groceries." View full size.

 
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