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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Politics

Capper of Kansas: 1924

Capper of Kansas: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Senator Capper of Kansas." Arthur Capper, a printer and newspaper editor by profession, in the composing room of the Government Printing Office. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

The Voting Line: 1924

The Voting Line: 1924

November 4, 1924. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "In line to vote." Have we all done our civic duty? National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Enfranchised: 1920

Enfranchised: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Suffragettes voting." An inspiration to us all! National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Politically Incorrect: 1924

Politically Incorrect: 1924

November 5, 1924. "President & Mrs. Coolidge acknowledge greetings from crowd on morning after election." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Restore America: 1939

Restore America: 1939

January 1939. "Sign near Weslaco, Texas." Thinking back to high school civics or Trivial Pursuit, some of us may hazily recall the Townsend Plan's having something to do with old-age pensions and Social Security. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Wishful Thinking: 1940

Wishful Thinking: 1940

1941. "Billboard in Windber, Pennsylvania." Republican political sentiment from the 1940 presidential campaign, annotated by passers-by. Poster illustration by Howard Scott; FSA photo attributed to "Brown." View full size.

 

Whistle Stop: 1936

Whistle Stop: 1936

August 1936. "Tour of drought area. President Roosevelt speaking from train at Bismarck, North Dakota." Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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