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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

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Idlers: 1916

Idlers: 1916

June 29, 1916. Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. "Hanging around the saloon -- 5 p.m." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Box Lunches: 1916

Box Lunches: 1916

June 29, 1916. Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. "Two 15-year-old boys working for Westinghouse Electric Company, going home at 5 p.m." View full size.

 

Boho Wedding: 1922

Boho Wedding: 1922

"Better 'Ole Wedding." Informal nuptials circa 1922 at the Better 'Ole, a Greenwich Villagey "bohemian" nightspot in Washington, D.C., that, while short-lived, made its mark. In 1935 the Washington Post called it "the first real night club of the so-called 'night club era.' " The article continues: "It was started by Charles W. Smith, now the noted black-and-white artist, had a membership charge of $1 and was located on the second floor of a three-story building at 1515 U Street. A hot colored dance orchestra held forth in a room decorated with drapes in a sort of cubist style." More here. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Mad Luncheonette: 1957

Mad Luncheonette: 1957

The last in the "Luncheonette" group. If you look carefully, there's a Mad Magazine on the shelf (floor level). Enjoy! View full size.

A Young Waitress: 1917

A Young Waitress: 1917

January 31, 1917. "Exchange Luncheon. Delia Kane, 14 years old. 99 C Street, South Boston. A young waitress." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Dixie Soda Fountain Co.: 1928

Dixie Soda Fountain Co.: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Dixie Soda Fountain Company. People's Drug Store No. 40." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

New Jersey Luncheonette

New Jersey Luncheonette

Another New Jersey luncheonette circa 1955-1957. View full size.

 
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