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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Ben Shahn

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.

 

Our Man in Maynardville: 1935

Our Man in Maynardville: 1935

Another view of the Tennessee Troubadour as captured by painter-photographer Ben Shahn in October 1935. View full size. More here. 35mm nitrate negative.

 

Coke, Coffins & Caskets: 1935

Coke, Coffins & Caskets: 1935

October 1935. View of the L.F. Kitts general store in Maynardville, Tennessee. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Scan from 35mm nitrate negative.

 
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