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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Railroads

Leviathan: 1926

Leviathan: 1926

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1926. "Southern R.R. Co. Crescent Locomotive 1396." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Semaphore: 1920

Semaphore: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920s. "Union Station signals and tracks." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Bridge Out: 1864

Bridge Out: 1864

May 25, 1864. "North Anna River, Virginia. Destroyed bridge of the Richmond & Fredericksburg Railroad." Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

The Travelers: 1943

The Travelers: 1943

May 1943. Peso-brandishing beet harvesters brought north from Mexico by the Farm Security Administration during World War 2. View full size. OWI photo.

 

Beet Train: 1943

Beet Train: 1943

May 1943. More Mexican sugar-beet pickers headed north. "Mexican workers recruited and brought to the Arkansas valley, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota by the FSA to harvest sugar beets." View full size. Office of War Information.

 

Será la Victoria: 1943

Será la Victoria: 1943

May 1943. "Mexican workers recruited and brought to the Arkansas valley, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota by the Farm Security Administration to harvest sugar beets under contract with the Inter-mountain Agricultural Improvement Association." View full size. Office of War Information.

 

Departures: 1940

Departures: 1940

April 1940. East Dubuque, Illinois. "Waiting for the train to Minneapolis." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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