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

J. Collier

Heart of Gold: 1942

Heart of Gold: 1942

November 1942. "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (vicinity). Montour No. 4 mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company. Coal miner at end of the day's work." Medium-format negative by Johh Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Underground Railroad: 1942

Underground Railroad: 1942

November 1942. "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (vicinity). Montour No. 4 mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Co. Mine car operating off a trolley cable." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Raw Recruits: 1941

Raw Recruits: 1941

"December 1941. Enlisting in the Marines. Recruiting office, San Francisco." Nitrate negative by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Ninety-Nine: 1943

Ninety-Nine: 1943

January 1943. Trampas, New Mexico. "Grandfather Romero, a member of the family of Juan Lopez, the majordomo, is ninety-nine years old." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Romeroville: 1943

Romeroville: 1943

Spring 1943. "Romeroville, near Chacon, New Mexico." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier for the Office of War Information.

 

Berkshires Picnic: 1941

Berkshires Picnic: 1941

October 1941. "Picnic party from the mill towns enjoys the autumn foliage of the Berkshires along the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Hamburgers 5 Cents: 1941

Hamburgers 5 Cents: 1941

October 1941. An exterior view of the White Tower (called "White Tavern" in the LOC captions) restaurant in Amsterdam, New York. View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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