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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Industry & Public Works

Some Assembly Required: 1906

Some Assembly Required: 1906

1906. "Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan. Steamer James Laughlin at left." Now where'd I put that instruction sheet? View full size.

 

Cascade: 1941

Cascade: 1941

June 1941. "Parker Dam power project. View from California side into Arizona." Gelatin silver print by Ben Glaha, Bureau of Reclamation. View full size.

 

Waterworks: 1906

Waterworks: 1906

Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1906. "New pumping plant on Ohio River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dept. of Public Works: 1900

Dept. of Public Works: 1900

Ypsilanti, Michigan, circa 1900. "Water tower." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Power Dock

Power Dock

Trade Show. Location unknown. View full size.

Earth Colony: 1942

Earth Colony: 1942

November 1942. "Phillips gasoline plant. Borger, Texas. Storage tanks." Medium-format negative by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Guinea Pig: 1937

Guinea Pig: 1937

July 10, 1937. "Testing cosmetics. The Department of Agriculture is making tests every day in order to get cosmetics under the Pure Food and Drug Act. Mrs. C.W. West, seated, is helping Mrs. R. Goodman make a test on cold cream and other facial creams." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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