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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

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A Turn for the Worse: 1921

A Turn for the Worse: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Auto wreck." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

A Steel Plant Sprouts: 1942

A Steel Plant Sprouts: 1942

November 1942. Columbia Steel Co. at Geneva, Utah. "Steel and concrete go into place rapidly as a new steel mill takes form. The new plant will make important additions to the vast amount of steel needed for the war effort." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information.

 

Tremont Street, 3:15 p.m.

Tremont Street, 3:15 p.m.

January 23, 1917. Boston, Massachusetts. "G. Leahy, 1249 Cambridge Street. Messenger for Metropolitan Messenger and Mailing Co., 67 Bromfield Street. Said 14 years old. Gets $5 a week wages, and makes $2.50 a week in tips. Taken at 3:15 p.m. on Tremont Street." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

To Florida: 1908

To Florida: 1908

February 28, 1908. "Motorists starting to Florida." Automobilists heading to Race Week at Ormond Beach from New York. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Fast Food: 1938

Fast Food: 1938

September 1938. "Making a purchase at traveling grocery store. Forrest City, Arkansas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Delta County: 1940

Delta County: 1940

1940. Delta County, Colorado. "Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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