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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

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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.

 

Lucille Mazurek: 1943

Lucille Mazurek: 1943

February 1943. Lucille Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service. Working at the Heil and Co. factory in Milwaukee on blackout lamps to be used on Air Force gasoline trailers. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Making Sparks Fly: 1942

Making Sparks Fly: 1942

June 1942. Boiler welder at Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga, Tennessee. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Yellow Sentinel: 1940

Yellow Sentinel: 1940

December 1940. "Industrial buildings in a Massachusetts town, possibly Brockton." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Mold Boy: 1909

Mold Boy: 1909

November 1909. Cumberland Glass Works at Bridgeton, New Jersey. A young "holding-mold boy" is seen, dimly, to the left [little kid toward the back]. Negroes, Greeks and Italians are being employed in many glass houses. View full size. Photograph and caption by child-labor reformer Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cumberland Glass Works: 1909

Cumberland Glass Works: 1909

November 1909. Blowing bottles. Night shift at the Cumberland Glass Works in Bridgeton, New Jersey. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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