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My Party Dress: 1939

My Party Dress: 1939

February 1939. "Child of white migrant worker ironing in tent camp near Harlingen, Texas." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Play Date: 1903

Play Date: 1903

Detroit circa 1903. "Children's playground at Belle Isle Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Market Street: 1904

Market Street: 1904

Philadelphia circa 1904. "Market Street from Eighth." City Hall's clock tower at the end of the street. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Midway Furniture: 1936

Midway Furniture: 1936

December 1936. "Secondhand store in Council Bluffs, Iowa." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Provincetown Summer: 1937

Provincetown Summer: 1937

Summer 1937. "Street scene -- Provincetown, Massachusetts." And a reminder to "Don't write -- Telegraph!" 35mm negative by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 

Western Mattress: 1939

Western Mattress: 1939

November 1939. "Trucks loaded with mattresses at San Angelo, Texas. These mattress factories use much local cotton." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Iron Man: 1941

Iron Man: 1941

August 1941. "One end of the Hull-Rust-Mahoning pit, largest open pit iron mine in the world, near Hibbing, Minnesota. The pit is two and a half miles long, three quarters of a mile wide and about four hundred feet deep." Medium format safety negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Gas Class: 1927

Gas Class: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Cooking demonstration, Washington Gas Light Co." Where no cake is ever half-baked. Or else. View full size.

 

Wish You Were Here: 1906

Wish You Were Here: 1906

Circa 1906, Atlantic City bathers peering a century into the future. "Hotel Traymore and Brady's Baths." At left, the domed Marlborough-Blenheim hotel. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Continental: 1902

The Continental: 1902

1902. "Hotel Continental -- Atlantic Beach, Florida." Henry Flagler's massive wood-frame hostelry opened in 1901 and burned in 1919. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

White Star Line: 1904

White Star Line: 1904

Circa 1904. "Troy Line piers; RMS Baltic at White Star Line piers, New York." At the time, the Baltic was the world's largest ship. Panorama of three 8x10 inch glass negatives, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

No News of Major Butt: 1912

No News of Major Butt: 1912

Washington, D.C. -- news of the Titanic and possible survivors. "After midnight April 17, 1912, and still selling extras, 12th Street near G. There were many of these groups of young newsboys selling very late these nights. Youngest boy in the group is Israel Spril (9 years old), 314 I Street N.W.; Harry Shapiro (11 years old), 95 L Street N.W.; Eugene Butler, 310 (rear) 13th Street N.W. The rest were a little older." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Hiawatha Temple: 1908

Hiawatha Temple: 1908

St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1908. "Wabasha Street." The early 20th century was a golden age of signcraft. Gilded wooden letters and 24K gold leaf window treatments were standard. Several classic lettering manuals were published during this time, with graphic styles influenced by Victorian ornament and the Art Nouveau movement. To an ex-sign painter (a profession killed by the computer, alas), Wabasha Street is a candy store. This is how I imagine it looked, a chilly morning in St. Paul one hundred years ago. Keen-eyed Shorpians may notice a couple of small modifications to the original photograph. View full size.

Bottle Boy: 1909

Bottle Boy: 1909

November 1909. Wheaton Glass Works, Millville, N.J. "Day scene in New Jersey Glass House. Boy is Howard ____, 15 years old but has been in the glass works for two years, and has worked some at night." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Dirty Girls: 1922

Dirty Girls: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Potomac bathing beach." Our second glimpse of these sandy lasses. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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