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Vintage photos of:
July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." Our second look at this establishment, last seen here two years ago. 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Looking under hood of car." The Cornett men doing what Cornett men do. Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.
"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Girls by car." The Cornett women, like the menfolk, seemed to congregate around cars. Photograph by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.
March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "John Pento, 14 years old, has been selling for seven years. Daniel and Angelo, his twin brothers, are 7 years old, have been selling one year. Sell until 8 p.m. some nights." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.