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

J. Collier

Double Date: 1941

Double Date: 1941

September 1941. "Millworkers' children. Holyoke, Massachusetts." Our fighter pilot again, and some more of his pals. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Tykes n Trikes: 1941

Tykes n Trikes: 1941

September 1941. "Children play in safety in the Federal Housing Administration low-income housing project at Holyoke, Massachusetts." Photo by John Collier for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Combat Fighters: 1941

Combat Fighters: 1941

September 1941. "Millworkers' children. Holyoke, Massachusetts." The planes look like fun, but we'll take that comic book. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Old Amsterdam: 1941

Old Amsterdam: 1941

October 1941. "Amsterdam, New York." Walnut and East Main on a rainy day. Dare you to "Ring Bell for Taxi." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Window Dressing: 1941

Window Dressing: 1941

October 1941. "Dressing window in Amsterdam, New York." The art of auto parts and accessories. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

The Blessing: 1942

The Blessing: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "After a hard day's work in the Library of Congress, Jewel Mazique sits down to dinner with her niece." Medium-format negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Ice Men: 1941

Ice Men: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Diners in Washington Hot Shoppes restaurant." An exciting night of ice skating awaits, or has just concluded. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 
 
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