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

Ben Shahn

Main Street: 1938

Main Street: 1938

Summer 1938. Saturday afternoon shopping in London, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Watching the World Go By: 1938

Watching the World Go By: 1938

Summer 1938. Passing the time outside the bus station in Marion, Ohio. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Say Cheeseburger: 1938

Say Cheeseburger: 1938

August 1938. "Itinerant photographer in Columbus, Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Ozark Mother: 1935

Ozark Mother: 1935

October 1935. "Poverty on the march." Wife and child of destitute Ozark family in Arkansas. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn. View full size.

 

Ozark Boy: 1935

Ozark Boy: 1935

October 1935. Son of destitute Ozark family on the road in Arkansas. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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