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

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Now Playing: 1940

Now Playing: 1940

February 1940. Shoveling snow away from the movie entrance in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Iowa City in the Snow: 1940

Iowa City in the Snow: 1940

February 1940. The main street in Iowa City during a snowstorm. View full size. Businesses in this view include Bremer's, the Capitol Cafe and Princess No. 2. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

You Better Watch Out: 1940

You Better Watch Out: 1940

February 1940. A roadside snowball fight in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. A reminder from the Shorpy Art Store: Place your order soon for regular delivery by December 25. We also have an Express Mail delivery option. Recent distinguished purchaser: The New York Times, for 30 x 22 prints to decorate its new Manhattan headquarters.

 

Iowa City: 1940

Iowa City: 1940

February 1940: The main street in Iowa City, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Rockville Fair Races: 1923

Rockville Fair Races: 1923

August 25, 1923. "Auto races at Rockville Fair." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sleigh Ride: 1940

Sleigh Ride: 1940

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

 

Wintry Mix: 1940

Wintry Mix: 1940

February 1940. Newsboy during a winter storm in Iowa City, Iowa. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size. Our readers point out the Englert Theater to the right, where "Balalaika" is playing.

 
 
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