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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Agriculture

Cow Town: 1906

Cow Town: 1906

Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Kansas City livestock exchange." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

I Am the Egg Man: 1938

I Am the Egg Man: 1938

August 9, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Air conditioned hen house is latest. Biddy increases the production of eggs in an air-conditioned hen house, U.S. Department of Agriculture experts have discovered after extensive experiments. The first temperature controlled maternity ward for hens has just been put into operation at the governmental experimental farm here. The hens have voiced their approval by laying more frequently; also a more uniform egg. R.B. Nestler, poultry expert, is pictured as he removes the eggs from the automatic chute in the new room. Note the air conditioning apparatus on the ceiling." So this poultry man with the wonderful name of Nestler is, contrary to USDA Best Practices, putting all his eggs in one basket. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Migrant Mother: 1940

Migrant Mother: 1940

July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant woman from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Consider the Cow: 1924

Consider the Cow: 1924

Sept. 17, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Joseph Hiscox, Agriculture Dept., with exhibit for National Dairy Show in Milwaukee." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Farmerette: 1919

Farmerette: 1919

1919. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Girl Scouts. Farmerette harvesting crops." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dazey Boy: 1939

Dazey Boy: 1939

October 1939. "Dazey farm. Seventeen year old boy going to feed the pigs. Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Midwest Utilitor: 1920

Midwest Utilitor: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Midwest Utilities Corp. (exterior), 14th Street N.W." The two three draws here, for me at least, are the amused expressions of all concerned, and the name of this particular piece of equipment: "Midwest Utilitor." Oh, and the entertaining signage in the window. National Photo. View full size.

 
 
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