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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Animals

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

1926 or 1927. Washington, D.C. "H.E.F. & lamb." Herbert E. French, the proprietor of National Photo. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Rockville Rooster: 1925

Rockville Rooster: 1925

August 27, 1925. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Mrs. Margaret Barnes at the Rockville Fair." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Neck and Neck: 1926

Neck and Neck: 1926

1926. Washington, D.C. Photographing the photographing of giraffes at the National Zoo. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Embraceable Ewe: 1936

Embraceable Ewe: 1936

May 1936. "Farmer of Franklin County, Kansas." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

A Kid and His Calf: 1940

A Kid and His Calf: 1940

May 1940. "Young boy and calf at Granger Homesteads, Iowa. His father is a miner." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. It's interesting to note that the dirt-eating calf seems to have a collar.

 

Before Butterball: 1910

Before Butterball: 1910

Buying the Thanksgiving turkey circa 1910. Plucking required. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Best Little Bathouse in Texas

The Best Little Bathouse in Texas

1914. Dr. Charles Campbell and a "municipal bat-roost" in San Antonio, Texas ("for one of man's best friends"), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S. Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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