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Ben Shahn

Omar: 1935

Omar: 1935

October 1935. A street scene in the mining town of Omar, West Virginia. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Casino Matinee: 1935

Casino Matinee: 1935

October 1935. Matinee at the Casino Cinema in Amite City, Louisiana. Among the current offerings: Laurel and Hardy in "Tit for Tat." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Stolen Harmony: 1935

Stolen Harmony: 1935

October 1935. At the movies in Amite City, Louisiana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Southern Belles: 1935

Southern Belles: 1935

October 1935. "Girls outside movie house in Amite City, Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Amite City: 1935

Amite City: 1935

October 1935. Young residents of Amite City, Louisiana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Keerless Love: 1935

Keerless Love: 1935

October 1935. Scotts Run, West Virginia. Doped singer: "Love, oh love, oh keerless love." Relief investigator reported a number of dope cases at Scotts Run. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative and caption by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

Harmonica Boy: 1937

Harmonica Boy: 1937

1937. "Boy playing mouth organ. Penderlea Homesteads, North Carolina." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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