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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

J. Collier

Red and Blue: 1942

Red and Blue: 1942

June 1942. Bar Harbor, Maine. Plane of Coast Patrol #20 at the Civil Air Patrol base. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Bar Harbor: 1943

Bar Harbor: 1943

June 1943. The Civil Air Patrol Base at Bar Harbor, Maine. Flying field of Coastal Patrol #20. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

An Old Southern Melody: 1941

An Old Southern Melody: 1941

August 1941. "Local band leader plays 'An Old Southern Melody' and everybody cheered." Coffee County, Alabama. View full size. Medium format safety negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Trampas: 1943

Trampas: 1943

January 1943. Store and plaza in the village of Trampas, Taos County, New Mexico. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

On a Clear Day: 1943

On a Clear Day: 1943

June 1943. Richmondville, New York. Farmland meadow in the Catskill Mountains. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

January 1943. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Penasco, New Mexico, looking north into Colorado. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome by John Collier.

 

J.D. Leon General Store: 1943

J.D. Leon General Store: 1943

Spring 1943. Closeup of the J.D. Leon general store in Cerro. Taos County, New Mexico. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier. View full size.

 
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