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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • A GAME CROP IS A COMMUNITY ASSET

Double Dip: 1941

Double Dip: 1941

There's no caption for this image snapped in July 1941 by the FSA/OWI photographer credited only as "Daly." Are there enough clues here to pinpoint the location? Medium format nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Winter Sport: 1952

Winter Sport: 1952

"Winter 1951-52." Our young man has a flair for fashion, and a way with the ladies. Fourth in this series of found slides. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

My Bodyguard: 1952

My Bodyguard: 1952

Another from the same batch, this one labeled "1952." The cars are colorful in this part of the country! 35mm red-border Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Stylemaster: 1949

Stylemaster: 1949

Our second scan from this batch of color slides I found on eBay is of what looks to be a Fire Department car, snapped in 1949. There are many clues in this batch as to the location, but I thought it might be fun to let people guess as the series progresses. 35mm Kodachrome red-border transparency. View full size.

 

Growing Up Fast: 1936

Growing Up Fast: 1936

July 1936. "Child of migratory fruit worker in tent camp at Yakima, Washington." Seen earlier here. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Typewriter Geek: 1922

Typewriter Geek: 1922

Feb. 7, 1922. "Hobart Reese." Whose talent seems to have been an ability to type Abraham Lincoln the hard way. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Summer Intern: 1911

Summer Intern: 1911

June 1911. Norfolk, Va. "Teaching the Young How to Sell. Gus Hodges, age 11, instructing his brother Julius, age 5. I found Gus selling as late as 9 p.m., and he said that he had made over one dollar a day. Julius and another brother, 9 years old, had made 25 cents that day." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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