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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BACK UP THE FIGHTING FORCES, WWII

Cats

Prop Cat: 1904

Prop Cat: 1904

"Hume, C. -- between December 1903 and March 1905." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Who's a Good Boy?

Who's a Good Boy?

Circa 1894. "Reuter, Fritz." The son (and, presumably, dog and cat) of Washington, D.C., hotelier Fritz Reuter. Glass negative by the C.M. Bell studio. View full size.

 

Fireside Cats: 1955

Fireside Cats: 1955

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955, and the youngsters last seen here. The Buick is out of the picture, replaced by a battleship and a cat; clothes and hair have been upgraded. 4x5 negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

Weʼre Blasé: 1894

Weʼre Blasé: 1894

Circa 1894. "Fritz Reuter." The Washington, D.C., hotelier and his children Fritz and Gertrude. 5x7 glass negative by the C.M. Bell portrait studio. View full size.

 

Life Used to Be So Hard: 1939

Life Used to Be So Hard: 1939

August 1939. "Washington, Yakima Valley, near Wapato. One tenant purchase program (Farm Security Administration) client, Jacob N. Schrock. This family with eight children had lived for 25 years on a rocky, rented farm in this valley. They now own 48 acres of good land, this good house, price $6,770. They raise hay, grain, dairy and hogs. Mrs. Schrock says, 'Quite a lot of difference between that old rock pile, and around here'." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Maison Cocke: 1935

Maison Cocke: 1935

1935. "Edgemont, Keene vicinity, Albemarle County, Virginia. Structure dates to 1806. Was the home of Col. James Powell Cocke. Designed by Thomas Jefferson after the Villa Rotonda design of Palladio." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. View full size.

 

The Guitar Lesson: 1940

The Guitar Lesson: 1940

August 1940. "Farmer playing guitar on the porch in the evening. Near Natchitoches, Louisiana." Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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