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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

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Nightspot: 1941

Nightspot: 1941

April 1941. "Entertainers at South Side tavern. Chicago, Illinois." Safety negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Sweater Girls: 1943

Sweater Girls: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "In the cafeteria at Woodrow Wilson High School." Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Cafe St. Marks: 1920

Cafe St. Marks: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Cafe St. Marks, Fifteenth Street." Special Grill Dinner, two dollars. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Lotos Lantern: 1916

The Lotos Lantern: 1916

Washington, D.C., circa 1916. An uncaptioned street scene showing a Red Cross building, a "Dermatological Institute," a handicraft school and the Lotos Lantern Tea House. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Delicious and Refreshing: 1922

Delicious and Refreshing: 1922

February 13, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Unidentified woman." Demonstrating an ingenious Prohibition-era fashion accessory, the cane-flask. View full size.

 

Canteen Scene: 1943

Canteen Scene: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "In the canteen for enlisted men at the United Nations Service Center on a Saturday night." Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fast Food: 1943

Fast Food: 1943

March 1943. "Pearlington, Mississippi (vicinity). Truck driver eating at a trucker's stop along U.S. Highway 90." Hey buddy, pass the salt? Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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