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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Animals

Family Plan: 1908

Family Plan: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. Wylie Mill. Boy with calf is Pamento Benson. Raising it for beef. Has worked in mill 2 years. Mr. Benson said, "Just as soon as the boys get old enough to handle a plow, we go straight back to the farm. Factory is no place for boys." Next to Pamento is Ray Benson, "helper in the mill." Next Clarence Rost, works in mill. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Shooting the Bull: 1913

Shooting the Bull: 1913

Nov. 3, 1913. "Shooting bull, Central Park." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Headline in the New York Times:

MAN IS SHOT DEAD IN CHASE FOR STEER

Frenzied Animal Tears Down Fifth Avenue,
Police Shooting From Taxicabs.

SEVEN OTHERS SCATTER

Wild Bullet Slays a Watchman -- Waiter Is Wounded --
All the Beeves Caught or Killed.

The steer which caused the excitement in Fifth Avenue was one of eight which escaped from the yards of the New York Stock Company at Sixtieth Street and the North River. In the pursuit another man was wounded, a policeman was trampled on, and a delivery wagon was wrecked. The excitement began about 4 o'clock yesterday morning and did not end until five hours later, when the last steer was shot to death in Central Park. The steer which alarmed Fifth Avenue was one of the wildest of the lot, and it was a police bullet fired at it which went wild and killed George Beattie, night watchman of the building under construction at 24 East 55th Street. ... The steer, bleeding from wounds, turned into Fifty-Fifth Street, followed by a string of revolver-popping automobiles. ... According to stockyard authorities, about 200 short-horn Oregon steers were unloaded yesterday morning, consigned to various butchers in the city ...

 

Who Wants Serum?

Who Wants Serum?

July 8, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Miss Hattie E. Alexander & Mrs. S.A. Carlin testing serum." View full size. National Photo Company Collection. [Update: A few years after this photo was taken, Hattie (on the left) would become Dr. Alexander. As president of the American Pediatric Society in the 1960s, she was among the first women to head a major medical association.]

 

Maryland Chicken: 1920

Maryland Chicken: 1920

1920. "Poultry at government farm. Beltsville, Maryland." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Maritime Mascots: 1923

Maritime Mascots: 1923

September 7, 1923. "Massachusetts Nautical School." Sailors and shipboard pets. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Plucky: 1936

Plucky: 1936

December 1936. "Wife of owner-operator and wife of hired hand cleaning chickens in cellar preparatory to canning them. Chickens at this time of year are bringing six cents per pound. These are for roasting. Harry Madsen farm, near Dickens, Iowa. 360 acres, owner operated." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Wolf Creek: 1935

Wolf Creek: 1935

August 1935. Shelling peanuts in Wolf Creek, Georgia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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