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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Pittsburgh Noir: 1907

Pittsburgh Noir: 1907

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1907. "A Mill Street." Fifty Shades of Black. 7x5 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Little Italy: 1905

Little Italy: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Mulberry Street. Italian neighborhood with street market." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

1940. "Curtis Whitlock, Sanpete County, Utah, Farm Security Administration rehabilitation client, was on Work Projects Administration relief for a time before he was able to rent a farm, after having lost out once in farming. His Farm Security Administration loan put him on his feet and bought him breeding stock such as the purebred sow in this picture, foundation dairy cows, and a fine work mare." Medium-format negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Streamliner: 1936

Streamliner: 1936

May 1936. "Messrs. Kaunitz, father and son, pioneers in auto trailers using yacht construction methods, steam-bending elm. Bay City, Michigan." And one of their swoopy-looking Kauneel trailers. FSA photo by Taylor. View full size.

 

Wishful Thinking: 1940

Wishful Thinking: 1940

1941. "Billboard in Windber, Pennsylvania." Republican political sentiment from the 1940 presidential campaign, annotated by passers-by. Poster illustration by Howard Scott; FSA photo attributed to "Brown." View full size.

 

Small Business: 1940

Small Business: 1940

July 1940. "General store in Lincoln, Vermont." Medium-format nitrate negative by Louise Rosskam for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Knights of Pythias: 1905

Knights of Pythias: 1905

Indianapolis circa 1905. "Knights of Pythias Building." A sort of Flatiron wannabe that predated its taller brother by two years. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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