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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: 1840-1940

Digging Out the Engineer: 1909

Digging Out the Engineer: 1909

March 3, 1909. Southern Railway wreck at Tye River, Virginia. A tampered switch derailed Southern No. 35, a mail train. Engineer H.C. Linn was slightly injured. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Madonna of the Sandbags: 1942

Madonna of the Sandbags: 1942

"Noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company." October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

You Say You Want to Take a Shower: 1943

You Say You Want to Take a Shower: 1943

The Control Room: Servicemen getting towels and soap from an attendant in the enlisted men's shower room at the United Nations service center in Washington. December 1943. View full size. Photograph by Esther Bubley. More here.

 

Art Star: 1943

Art Star: 1943

Touching up the U.S. Army Air Forces insignia on a "Vengeance" dive bomber manufactured at Consolidated-Vultee's Nashville division. February 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Thingamabobs for Victory: 1943

Thingamabobs for Victory: 1943

February 1943. "Capping and inspecting tubing that goes into the manufacture of the 'Vengeance' A-31 dive bomber made at Consolidated-Vultee's Nashville division." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Bonjour, My Pet: 1910

Bonjour, My Pet: 1910

July/Aug. 9, 1910: The French actress Polaire, her little blind dog and the young man she provocatively called her "slave." Newspapers of the day were a bit more circumspect. The Washington Post of April 11, 1915: "Mlle. Polaire has been chief- ly remarkable for her tiny waist, her jewels, her black footman and her dashing originality in any role of life." Full size. G.G. Bain Collection. More here.

 

Memorial Day: 1942

Memorial Day: 1942

May 1942. Patriotic display at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Conn. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs.

 

Mustang in Flight: 1942

Mustang in Flight: 1942

P-51 "Mustang" fighter in flight near the Inglewood, California, plant of North American Aviation. October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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