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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Boats & Bridges

Ak-Sar-Ben, Ah-a-Mo: 1938

Ak-Sar-Ben, Ah-a-Mo: 1938

November 1938. The Ak-sar-ben toll bridge over the Missouri River between Iowa and Nebraska at Omaha. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 

Gee's Bend: 1939

Gee's Bend: 1939

May 1939. "Old cable ferry between Camden and Gee's Bend, Alabama." 35mm negative by Marion Post Wolcott, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

To the Other Side: 1865

To the Other Side: 1865

The Chain Bridge over the Potomac River circa 1865, with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in the foreground. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate negative by William Morris Smith. From negatives compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 

Chain Bridge: 1865

Chain Bridge: 1865

View down the Chain Bridge over the Potomac near Washington circa 1865. Wet collodion glass plate negative by William Morris Smith. View full size.

 

A Wrinkle in Time: 1865

A Wrinkle in Time: 1865

Spring 1865. A closeup of the young ladies shown in an earlier post of the Canal Bridge at Seventh Street in Richmond, Virginia. View full size.

 

A Distant Crossing: 1865

A Distant Crossing: 1865

Spring 1865. Children on Canal Bridge at the foot of Seventh Street in Richmond after the fall of the city. Left half of a glass-plate stereograph. View full size.

 

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

May 1940. "Scraps of paper blowing on bridge." St. Louis, Missouri. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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