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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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Hot Bodies: 1936

Hot Bodies: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. -- Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Stripping rubber bodies off core-bars (French)." Alternate title: "French Stripper." Our second look at Mr. LOVE Tattoo. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Wholesale Minneapolis: 1939

Wholesale Minneapolis: 1939

September 1939. "Railroad yards, wholesale district, Minneapolis, Minnesota." A nice view of the Chase Bag tower. Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Little Sleep: 1936

The Little Sleep: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Setting eyes in sleeping dolls (Jewish) A plus." Whatever that means. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Doll Dresser: 1936

The Doll Dresser: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Dressing and packing dolls." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Making Babies: 1936

Making Babies: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Pressing rubber bodies (French)." With "Old Sadie." Continuing our guys-and-dolls series. Large format negative by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Good Fingers: 1937

Good Fingers: 1937

March 1937. Camden, New Jersey. "RCA Victor. Radio coil winder. If a girl has good fingers for this work, she can become expert on the job in three weeks. If she is not naturally deft, she never learns." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

American Doll: 1936

American Doll: 1936

1936. "Mount Holyoke, Mass. Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Building rubber doll moulds." Photo by Lewis Hine, who seems to have moved on to bigger things once he was done snapping newsies. View full size.

 
 
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