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

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The Avengers: 1943

The Avengers: 1943

February 1943. "Working on a 'Vengeance' dive bomber at Vultee Aircraft in Nashville, Tennessee." Gunning away at the Axis, one rivet at a time. Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Glass Menagerie: 1909

Glass Menagerie: 1909

November 15, 1909. Bridgeton, New Jersey. "A few of the workers on night shift at Cumberland Glass Works. One boy is 13 years old." A livelier than usual crowd as far as facial expressions go. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Central Furnace Works: 1908

Central Furnace Works: 1908

Cleveland circa 1908. "Central Furnace Works." Foundry of the American Steel & Wire Co. on the Cuyahoga River. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Corps de Ballet: 1912

Corps de Ballet: 1912

"Photos taken during noon hour, October 23rd, 1912, at the Loray Mills, Gastonia, N.C. They said they were working and went in to work. At night I counted over thirty children coming out when the whistle blew, and they seemed to be from ten to twelve years old. The Superintendent was much disturbed over the photos." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

American Injector: 1910

American Injector: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Michigan Central Railroad tunnel." Other points of interest include the manufactory of American Injector (maker of U.S. Injectors and World Injectors), a large sign proclaiming ROYAL SALAD DRESSING, a number of men working on the railroad, and a fellow reading a newspaper. View full size.

 

Magnolia Mills: 1911

Magnolia Mills: 1911

March 1911. Magnolia, Mississippi. "Interior of Magnolia Cotton Mills spinning room. See the little ones scattered through the mill. All work." Our second look at this workroom. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Pop Start: 1925

Pop Start: 1925

Circa 1925. "Whistle Bottling Works." A peek behind the scenes at the Washington, D.C., bottling plant for Whistle orange soda. View full size.

 
 
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