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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

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The Plod Thickens: 1941

The Plod Thickens: 1941

March 1941. "Backed up storm sewer in Negro slum district. Norfolk, Virginia." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lil Scrappers: 1942

Lil Scrappers: 1942

October 1942. "Manpower, junior size. The charge of the scrap brigade in Roanoke, Virginia, includes such methods of collecting as this pony cart. The patriotic and energetic youngsters of the town are making an all-out effort to corner every available piece of scrap in the city, so that their soldier and sailor brothers will have the shells, guns, and tanks with which to beat the Axis." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Valentino Sarra for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

"Wrecking": 1939

"Wrecking": 1939

June 1939. "Blacksmith shop now used for auto repair. Glendive, Montana." A strong horseshoe motif here, architecturally speaking, in addition to the giant pile of actual horseshoes. Roofline of alphabetical anvils by Wile E. Coyote. "Wrecking" by "Joe Balison," who seems to be a fan of quote marks. Medium format negative by "Arthur Rothstein" for the "Farm Security Administration." View full size.

 

Nicollet Avenue: 1904

Nicollet Avenue: 1904

Circa 1904. "Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Winona: 1899

The Winona: 1899

Winona, Minnesota, circa 1899. "Winona Hotel." Spelled out in Edison bulbs. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Clops & Lobbers: 1902

Clops & Lobbers: 1902

Detroit circa 1902. "Photochrom Company Building, front view." Last seen here and here. The boys are still at their ballgame, at least until the cavalry turns the corner. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

The Public Square: 1902

The Public Square: 1902

1902. "Public square -- Portsmouth, New Hampshire." Try our free filling station! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Police Parade: 1905

Police Parade: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Police Parade -- Squad of mounted police." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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