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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

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Big Wheel: 1941

Big Wheel: 1941

1941. Belt drive for the metal cutter at Gichner Iron Works in Washington, D.C. Photograph by Baker for the Office for Emergency Management. View full size.

 

The Spinning Room: 1911

The Spinning Room: 1911

March 1911. Magnolia, Mississippi. "Magnolia Cotton Mills spinning room. See the little ones scattered through the mill. All work." View full size. Photograph (original glass negative) and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

John Tidwell: 1910

John Tidwell: 1910

November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "John Tidwell, doffer in Avondale Mills." A closeup of the boy seen earlier today, this image was extracted from a scan of the original 5x7 glass negative, as opposed to the print used for the group shot. View full size. From a photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Avondale Mill Boys: 1910

Avondale Mill Boys: 1910

November 1910. Birmingham, Ala. Workers in the Avondale Mills in Jefferson County. (The Avondale Mills in St. Clair County burned today in Pell City.) Smallest boy is John Tidwell. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Sea of Faces: 1908

Sea of Faces: 1908

September 24, 1908. West Allis, Wisconsin. "Taft crowd at Allis-Chalmers works." Audience for William Taft, speaking from the platform of his train at the Allis- Chalmers yards. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Tony the Bobbin Boy: 1911

Tony the Bobbin Boy: 1911

November 1911. Chicopee, Massachusetts. Tony Soccha [Scocca?], 65 Exchange Place. Bobbin boy in #7 Room at Dwight Manufacturing; been working there for a year. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Highland Park: 1942

Highland Park: 1942

1942. Chrysler Corporation plant at Highland Park, Detroit. "Applying automobile production methods to machining of 40 mm. anti-aircraft gun barrels in a former automobile plant. Five cutting instruments work at the same time. Under the old single-operation methods of gunmaking, only one of these could work at one time. Automobile workers are proud of the improvement." Medium format safety negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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