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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Railroads

The Poughkeepsie Peeper: 1900

The Poughkeepsie Peeper: 1900

New York circa 1900. "Waiting for the train, Depot near Poughkeepsie." 5x7 inch glass negative rescued from an Upstate attic. View full size.

 

Fresno Fruit & Honey: 1915

Fresno Fruit & Honey: 1915

Fresno, California, circa 1915. "Auto tourists in Fruit Packing District." 8x6 glass negative by Howard Clinton Tibbitts, a San Francisco-based photographer who worked for the Southern Pacific railroad and its Sunset magazine. View full size.

 

South by Southwest: 1938

South by Southwest: 1938

June 1938. "Railroad tracks in Southwestern New Mexico." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Brave New World: 1925

Brave New World: 1925

A lantern slide of Frances Bode's photograph titled "Repetition," from the 2nd International Salon of Pictorial Photography (1925), New York. View full size.

 

Manhattan: 1942

Manhattan: 1942

September 1942. "New York, New York. Looking west from the 17th Street station at the Third Avenue elevated railway as a train leaves on the local track." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Cautious Commuter: 1942

The Cautious Commuter: 1942

September 1942. "New York, New York. Waiting for the Third Avenue elevated railway at East 89th Street about 8:45 a.m." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Carbon Kid: 1938

The Carbon Kid: 1938

September 1938. "Coal miner's child breaking up large pieces of coal to take home. Pursglove, Scott's Run, West Virginia." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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