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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Portraits

Bertha May Graf: 1921

Bertha May Graf: 1921

February 5, 1921. "Miss Bertha May Graf, chosen the prettiest girl at suffrage headquarters in Washington, will be chief flower girl at the National Woman's Party convention." Miss Graf resides at 1429 Longfellow Street NW in the District of Columbia. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Roy Nelin: 1942

Roy Nelin: 1942

December 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. Roy Nelin, a box packer in the Proviso Yard roundhouse of the Chicago & North Western R.R. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Walker Evans: 1937

Walker Evans: 1937

The photographer Walker Evans in a February 1937 portrait by his colleague Edwin Locke. 35mm negative, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Cigarette: c. 1908

The Cigarette: c. 1908

A portrait of a Sioux Indian smoking a cigarette. Photograph by John A. Johnson, c. 1908. View full size.

 

Zuni Girl: c. 1903

Zuni Girl: c. 1903

A Zuni Native-American girl with a pottery jar. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis, c. 1903. View full size.

 

Qahatika Child: c. 1907

Qahatika Child: c. 1907

A Qahatika Native-American child. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis, c. 1907. View full size.

 

Young Models: c. 1900

Young Models: c. 1900

A portrait of two girls seated, one looking at the braided hair of the other. The photograph is by the Tonnesen Sisters of Chicago, c. 1900. The Tonnesen Sisters ran one of the country's first photo studios for the purpose of creating advertising images. They also ran one of the first professional modeling agencies. View full size.

 
 
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