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Number, Please

Number, Please

Switchboard operators in 1930s or 1940s British-Mandate Palestine, a few years after the other photo (the chairs look a little less like torture devices). Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Four Kids on a Truck: 1942

Four Kids on a Truck: 1942

January 1942. "Workers' children at Farm Security Administration labor camp in Robstown, Texas." Kodachrome by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Contestants at Atlantic City Pageant. View full size.

O.K. Soap: 1936

O.K. Soap: 1936

Interior of the general store in Moundville, Alabama. Photographed by Walker Evans in the summer of 1936. Top shelf inventory: 1 box Peter Loaded Shells, 2 chairs, 2 Aurora oil cans, 8 boxes quart-size Ball square mason fruit jars, 2 small lanterns, 3 large lanterns, 9 galvanized tubs, 1 trunk. Maybe someone would like to inventory the rest of the room. View full size | View even larger.

 

Love Before Breakfast: 1936

Love Before Breakfast: 1936

Houses in Atlanta. March 1936 View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans.

 

Fancy Grocery: 1935

Fancy Grocery: 1935

December 1935. "Coca-Cola shack in Alabama." Photograph by Walker Evans. Back in the 1930s just about any building or barn was like a Web site -- you could rent out the blank spaces for banner ads (in this case for the circus in Montgomery). View full size.

 

McCollum Grocery: 1936

McCollum Grocery: 1936

Moundville, Alabama, in 1936. Photo by Walker Evans. [Update Nov. 9, 2007: This would seem to be in Greensboro, not Moundville. Although the mayor of Haleyville has another theory. - Dave] View full size.

 

Sprott, Alabama: 1935

Sprott, Alabama: 1935

Crossroads store at Sprott, Alabama. 1935 or 1936. View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans. If you like this picture you should check out the short stories of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers and Flannery O'Connor.

 

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Thomas Madrigal greasing a locomotive in the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R., Blue Island, Ill. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Barefoot Bundle Boy

Barefoot Bundle Boy

August 1908. Cincinnati, Ohio. "Bundle carrier Sidney Ashcraft, 10 years old, 517 Hannibal Street North." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Tallest boy Johnnie Younts, 72 Kirk Street, Salisbury, North Carolina. Has worked at in Salisbury Mills for 8 years. Began at 7 years old. When can he get any education? Other boy one year in mill. December 1908. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. [At least they could afford nice clothes - Dave]

 

Union Street: 1942

Union Street: 1942

Boys with football at N and Union Streets S.W., Washington D.C. Autumn 1942. The scene at Shulman's Market, back when T-shirts were regarded as underwear and people wore actual clothes. View full size. Photograph by Louise Rosskam.

 

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Roundhouse at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942

Bureaucrat in Autumn: 1942

1942. "Rowhouses, corner of N and Union Streets S.W., Washington, D.C." Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. I wonder if the passageway was for service delivery of milk or ice. View full size.

 

The Cincinnati Kid

The Cincinnati Kid

"Negro boy near Cincinnati." 1942 or 1943. View full size. Medium-format Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 
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