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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Ben Shahn

Street Life: 1938

Street Life: 1938

August 1938. Urbana, Ohio. "Street scene." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Big Easy: 1935

The Big Easy: 1935

October 1935. "Scene in Jackson Square, New Orleans." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Personality Fat Girl: 1938

Personality Fat Girl: 1938

August 1938. "Sideshow, county fair, central Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Cure: 1935

The Cure: 1935

October 1935. "Advertisements for popular malaria cure. Natchez, Mississippi." Photo by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Summer Games: 1938

Summer Games: 1938

July 1938. Ashville, Ohio. "Wrestling matches at the Fourth of July celebration." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

The Music Man: 1935

The Music Man: 1935

October 1935. "Blind street musician. West Memphis, Arkansas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Uncle Beans: 1938

Uncle Beans: 1938

Summer 1938. "Newsboy in Newark, Ohio." View full size. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn. [Update: The always amazing Joe Manning has come through again, and managed to find out this boy's name -- Richard Wolverton. You can read about him on Joe's Web site.] Original post date 02-21-2008.

 
 
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