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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

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The Little Sleep: 1936

The Little Sleep: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Setting eyes in sleeping dolls (Jewish) A plus." Whatever that means. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Doll Dresser: 1936

The Doll Dresser: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Dressing and packing dolls." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Making Babies: 1936

Making Babies: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Pressing rubber bodies (French)." With "Old Sadie." Continuing our guys-and-dolls series. Large format negative by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Good Fingers: 1937

Good Fingers: 1937

March 1937. Camden, New Jersey. "RCA Victor. Radio coil winder. If a girl has good fingers for this work, she can become expert on the job in three weeks. If she is not naturally deft, she never learns." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

American Doll: 1936

American Doll: 1936

1936. "Mount Holyoke, Mass. Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Building rubber doll moulds." Photo by Lewis Hine, who seems to have moved on to bigger things once he was done snapping newsies. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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