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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Ben Shahn

Hard Times: 1935

Hard Times: 1935

October 1935. "Destitute Ozark resident, Arkansas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Zinc, Ark.: 1935

Zinc, Ark.: 1935

October 1935. "Among the few remaining inhabitants of Zinc, Arkansas, deserted mining town." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

Ole Misses: 1935

Ole Misses: 1935

October 1935. Natchez, Mississippi. "Two women walking along the street." 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Harvest Time: 1937

Harvest Time: 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. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

The Excitement Begins: 1938

The Excitement Begins: 1938

August 1938. Girls at the fair in central Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Trucked: 1935

Trucked: 1935

October 1935. Our third shot of Red House, West Virginia, youngsters on the way to school by truck. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA. View full size.

 

Merry-Go-Round: 1938

Merry-Go-Round: 1938

August 1938. "Farmpeople at the county fair in Central Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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