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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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Rita and Ruth: 1920

Rita and Ruth: 1920

January 13, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Children of Roger Nielsen, Danish Legation; Rita & Ruth." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rodrigues and Children: 1920

Rodrigues  and Children: 1920

Brazilian advisor Manuel Coelho Rodrigues with his children in Washington, D.C., 1920. From the National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Sunshine Girls: 1923

Sunshine Girls: 1923

"Sunshine Girls" of Washington, D.C. July 19, 1923. The view is across either the Tidal Basin or Potomac River, with the Lincoln Memorial visible in the distance. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

The Boys of Summer: 1923

The Boys of Summer: 1923

"Boys playing baseball." March 21, 1923 (more like the boys of late winter/early spring). View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Young Ladies Shop: 1922

Young Ladies Shop: 1922

Fire sale at the Young Ladies Shop in 1922, probably in Washington, D.C. 4x5 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Louise and Friend: 1922

Louise and Friend: 1922

"Louise and flower-shop monkey" on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk. February 8, 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Moosehead Lake: 1921

Moosehead Lake: 1921

James Davis (white tank top) at Moosehead Lake in Maine in 1921. Davis, a former steelworker, was secretary of labor in the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover administrations and later represented Pennsylvania in the Senate. He also wrote "The Iron Puddler." National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 
 
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