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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

You Just Got to Hustle: 1940

You Just Got to Hustle: 1940

December 1940. San Diego, California. "Three boys from Los Angeles who are looking for work. A friend who is already employed told them that they could make twenty dollars a week as laborers and they plan to save some money to go to school in hopes of getting in an airplane factory. The following conversation with their friend was overheard:

"You can go to work before noon tomorrow. Just go out where you see some work and apply."
"We can sure use the money."
"It's up to you fellows, you just got to hustle."
"We done plenty of that."

Medium format negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

White House Landing: 1862

White House Landing: 1862

1862. "White House Landing, Virginia. Federal supply vessels at anchor." Wet plate negative from photographs of the main Eastern theater of war -- the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. View full size.

 

I Enjoy Being a Girl: 1941

I Enjoy Being a Girl: 1941

August 1941. "Scene in farmhouse kitchen near Burlington, Vermont." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Gettysburg: 1865

Gettysburg: 1865

July 1865. "Col. William Telford and officers of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg." Wet plate negative by William Morris Smith. View full size.

 

Trucks in a Row: 1940

Trucks in a Row: 1940

December 1940. "Lineup of trucks at workers' camp near naval air base now under construction. Corpus Christi, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Cherryville Warper: 1908

Cherryville Warper: 1908

November 1908. "Woman at beam warper. Melville Mfg. Company, Cherryville, North Carolina." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

All This Jazz: 1947

All This Jazz: 1947

August 1947. New York. "Lou Blum, Jack Crystal [reaching] and Herbie Hill [rear] at Milt Gabler's Commodore Record Shop on 42nd Street." Medium format negative by William Gottlieb for Down Beat magazine. View full size.

 

Howdy Duty: 1953

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Howdy Duty: 1953

June 1953. "Clarabell takes to the hills. Howdy Doody Show character Clarabell the Clown (actor Nick Nicholson) visiting the Dolan family in Boone County, West Virginia." Photo by Phillip Harrington for Look magazine. View full size.

 
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