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

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Army Mechanic: 1942

Army Mechanic: 1942

June 1942. Fort Knox, Kentucky. "A good job in the air cleaner of an Army truck. This Negro soldier, who serves as truck driver and mechanic, plays an important part in keeping Army transport fleets in operation." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

City Sidewalks: 1940

City Sidewalks: 1940

May 1940. Business district and gas station in Des Moines, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Mt. Vernon Straight Ahead: 1940

Mt. Vernon Straight Ahead: 1940

February 1940. An oil worker in Salem, Illinois. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Salem: 1940

Salem: 1940

February 1940. The business district in Salem, Illinois. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Chillicothe Buicks: 1940

Chillicothe Buicks: 1940

February 1940. Courthouse and auto transport hauling Buicks in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Buick Transport: 1940

Buick Transport: 1940

February 1940. Courthouse and auto transport carrying Buicks in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

No. 8 Bus: 1940

No. 8 Bus: 1940

February 1940. Getting on the bus during a snowstorm in Chillicothe, Ohio. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 
 
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