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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Mining

Kempton: 1939

Kempton: 1939

May 1939. The coal company town of Kempton, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Stillwater County: 1942

Stillwater County: 1942

September 1942. An early snow at the Benbow Mill of the Metal Reserves chromite development in Stillwater County, Montana. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.

 

Greensboro: 1941

Greensboro: 1941

June 1941. Sawmill and smokestack at the Greensboro Lumber Co. in Greensboro, Georgia. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Help Is On the Way: 1915

Help Is On the Way: 1915

"Mine Rescuer" circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Yellow Rows of Texas: 1943

Yellow Rows of Texas: 1943

Extracted sulfur stacked in a "vat" 60 feet tall at Freeport Sulphur Co. in Hoskins Mound, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 

Sulfur Vat: 1943

Sulfur Vat: 1943

May 1943. Sixty-foot-tall sulfur vat at the Freeport Sulphur Co. in Hoskins Mound, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 

The Kodachrome Hills: 1942

The Kodachrome Hills: 1942

May 1943. "Nearly exhausted sulfur vat from which railroad cars are loaded. Freeport Sulphur Company at Hoskins Mound, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon, Office of War Information.

 
 
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