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

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Peoples Liquor: 1938

Peoples Liquor: 1938

November 1938. Liquor store in Omaha, Nebraska. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Sixty Special: 1941

Sixty Special: 1941

July 1941. Cadillac Fleetwood parked on a Chicago street. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Crossing Dearborn: 1941

Crossing Dearborn: 1941

July 1941. Crossing Dearborn Street in Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. What's the street we're looking down?

 

Berrien Cherriers: 1940

Berrien Cherriers: 1940

July 1940. "Automobile of migrant cherry pickers. Berrien County, Michigan." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

6 Gals $1

6 Gals $1

Summer 1938. "Tourist signs in Central Ohio." From a series of photos taken along Route 40. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

On the Grid: 1939

On the Grid: 1939

Washington, D.C., in 1939. "Aerial view in front of the Willard Hotel at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, showing pedestrians and rather dense traffic in autos and streetcars." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by David Myers.

 

Thomas Circle: 1943

Thomas Circle: 1943

December 1943. National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley. Superjumbo full size.

 
 
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