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Buck in a Truck: 1940

Buck in a Truck: 1940

From around 1940 comes this snapshot of a young man in a truck with West Virginia plates -- one of thousands of 35mm negatives in the FSA/OWI archive at the Library of Congress with no caption or photographer information. Why so glum, chum? View full size.

 

File M for Mazique : 1942

File M for Mazique : 1942

Winter 1942. Washington, D.C. "Jewel Mazique on temporary duty checking filing systems in the Library of Congress." 4x5 inch acetate negative by John Collier for the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Information. View full size.

 

Light Reading: 1942

Light Reading: 1942

Winter 1942. Washington, D.C. "Jewel Mazique, Negro federal worker employed in the Library of Congress, spends much of her time reading." (Image in a jacket marked "Killed.") Acetate negative by John Collier for the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Information. View full size.

 

Hello World: 1942

Hello World: 1942

September 1942. Batavia, New York. "Elba FSA farm labor camp. Boys and girls from West Virginia who came to upper New York state to help in the harvest. Boy in the center said, 'Please take my picture now; I want the world to see me when I am happy!' " 4x5 inch acetate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Place in the Sun: 1936

A Place in the Sun: 1936

January 1936. "Negro house. New Orleans, Louisiana." The abode last glimpsed here. 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Water Avenue: 1935

Water Avenue: 1935

December 1935. "Main street architecture. Selma, Alabama." Premises of the Cotton Exchange and L.C. Adler & Co. furniture store. Note the fire bell tower at right. 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

White Ribbon: 1936

White Ribbon: 1936

February 1936. "Frame houses. New Orleans, Louisiana." 5x7 inch acetate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Edwards Depot: 1936

Edwards Depot: 1936

February 1936. "View of railroad station. Edwards, Mississippi." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Lady of Larkspur: 1955

Lady of Larkspur: 1955

Frances Dorsey "Fanny" Cagwin, along with her husband George, were our neighbors in Larkspur, California, where they'd lived since 1905. Frances had been a school teacher in Virginia City, Nevada when she met George, and they married in 1887 at Carson City, where he was employed at the U.S. Mint. She was an accomplished musician, and in the living room of their Craftsman style home could be found a gleaming Steinway rosewood square grand piano. A wedding gift of her father to her mother, it had made the trip from New York by ship around Cape Horn to San Francisco, then by horse-drawn freight over the Sierras to Virginia City. Follow the link in George's name to see him and get a glimpse of his eventful life. Frances died in 1958 at the age of 92, and George in 1959 at 102. My big brother, then in high school and doing gardening work and errand-running for the Cagwins, took this Ansco Color slide with his then-new Leidolf Lordox 24x36 35mm camera. View full size.

100 Startling Sensations!

100 Startling Sensations!

March 1936. "Nineteenth-century shop front. Charleston, South Carolina." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Rondale's Burgers: 1960

Rondale's Burgers: 1960

  AND THE ANSWER IS: Mission Boulevard in the Bay Area burg of Hayward, California.

Circa 1960, this random selection from the News Photo Archive shows a busy street in Anytown, USA. Where exactly are we? 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

Where Singles Mingle: 1967

Where Singles Mingle: 1967

May 30, 1967. "Luxury apartments for single boys and girls in Los Angeles." Poolside at the South Bay Club Apartments in Torrance on Memorial Day. 35mm negative by Don Ornitz for the Look magazine assignment "Boys and Girls Together." View full size.

 

Backyard Railyard: 1935

Backyard Railyard: 1935

November 1935. "Crowded housing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Phillipsburg, New Jersey." 8x10 nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Happy-Go-Rickey: 1960

Happy-Go-Rickey: 1960

    UPDATE: It's October 2, 1960, and the boy is "doomed youngster" Rickey Stowell.

In a sequel to this photo, we're back in Richmond, California, circa 1960. Several 3-packs of "100% Combed Cotton Boys' Briefs" are being handed over. There must be a story here, but we don't know what it is. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Puckered Packard: 1955

Puckered Packard: 1955

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955. "Accident on 12th Street." Sandwiched between the post office and Collins Snack Bar. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 
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