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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Louise Rosskam

Sun Spot: 1940

Sun Spot: 1940

August 1940. Vergennes, Vermont. "Sunbathing on the common." 35mm negative by Louise Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Late in the Day: 1942

Late in the Day: 1942

Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. View full size. Alternate version here. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J. Marucci barbershop and the A. Peterman clothing store.

 

The Children's Army: 1942

The Children's Army: 1942

Children playing. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency unattributed but probably by Louise Rosskam in Washington, D.C. (Anacostia), fall of 1942.

 

Union Street: 1942

Union Street: 1942

Boys with football at N and Union Streets S.W., Washington D.C. Autumn 1942. The scene at Shulman's Market, back when T-shirts were regarded as underwear and people wore actual clothes. View full size. Photograph by Louise Rosskam.

 

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942

1942. "Rowhouses, corner of N and Union Streets S.W., Washington, D.C." Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. I wonder if the passageway was for service delivery of milk or ice. View full size.

 
 
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