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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Factories

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.

 

Col. Maduro Cigars: 1908

Col.  Maduro Cigars: 1908

August 1908. Col. Maduro cigar factory in Indianapolis, Indiana. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. Note Celery Cola cap worn by boy on the right.

 

Filogamo & Alvarez: 1909

Filogamo & Alvarez: 1909

Tampa, Florida. Cigarmakers in the factory of Filogamo & Alvarez, January 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. This part of Tampa is the now fashionably upscale Ybor City district, where many of the old cigar factories have been repurposed as apartments, condos and gallery spaces. Starbucks, anyone?

 
 
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