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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Factories

Indianapolis: 1908

Indianapolis: 1908

Noon, August 1908. "Young People in an Indianapolis Cotton Mill." Uncharacteristically happy photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, who generally seemed to prefer that his subjects scowl for the camera. View full size.

 

A Face in the Crowd: 1942

A Face in the Crowd: 1942

October 1942. "Thousands of North American Aviation employees at Inglewood, California, look skyward as the bomber and fighter planes they helped build perform overhead during a lunch period air show. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 'Billy Mitchell' bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 'Mustang' fighter plane, which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Nice Threads: 1908

Nice Threads: 1908

The workplace of 100 years ago. "Operatives in Indianapolis Cotton Mill. Noon Hour. August 1908." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Forth Worth: 1942

Forth Worth: 1942

October 1942. Transport assembly hall at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Lowering an engine into place. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Stacked: 1942

Stacked: 1942

February 1942. Firestone factory at Akron, Ohio. War conversion of beverage containers. An oxygen cylinder for high altitude flying, manufactured by the metal division of a large Eastern rubber factory, placed on a huge stack ready for shipment to the Army. View full size. 5x7 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Rhea Quintin: 1916

Rhea Quintin: 1916

June 1916. Fall River, Mass. "Rhea Quintin, 14 years old. Drawing in on Webb frame. Been at it about three months. Requires great deal of mental application and accuracy and good oversight. Takes over a year to learn. Seemed very young in certificate office. Miss Smith thought she was a little schoolgirl coming for some other purpose." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Indian Orchard Mills: 1911

Indian Orchard Mills: 1911

September 1911. Group in front of Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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