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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Ben Shahn

Lowest Price in Town Sale: 1938

Lowest Price in Town Sale: 1938

Summer 1938. Drugstore window in Newark, Ohio. View full size. Photograph (35mm nitrate negative) by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

The Pause That Refreshes

The Pause That Refreshes

September 1935. Resident of Smithland, Kentucky. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Red House Kids: 1935

Red House Kids: 1935

"School youngsters. Red House, West Virginia." October 1935. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Omar Boy: 1935

Omar Boy: 1935

October 1935. "Coal miner's child." Omar, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Hammond Girl: 1935

Hammond Girl: 1935

"Child of strawberry picker. Hammond, Louisiana." October 1935. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photo by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Maynardville Men: 1935

Maynardville Men: 1935

October 1935. Men of Maynardville, Tennessee. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

1937. Salvaging coal from the slag heap at Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania. Coal pickers get 10 cents for each hundred-pound sack or two dollars a ton. One man can make from 10 to 20 sacks a day. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn.

 
 
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