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Green for a Night: 1944

March 1944. St. Patrick's Day dancers at the Washington labor canteen party sponsored by the United Federal Workers of America. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Joseph A. Horne for the Office of War Information.

March 1944. St. Patrick's Day dancers at the Washington labor canteen party sponsored by the United Federal Workers of America. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Joseph A. Horne for the Office of War Information.

 

Cutting a Rug: 1944

March 1944. Washington labor canteen St Patrick's Day dance. View full size. Medium format negative by Joseph A. Horne for the Office of War Information.

March 1944. Washington labor canteen St Patrick's Day dance. View full size. Medium format negative by Joseph A. Horne for the Office of War Information.

 

Chinese-Irish Checkers: 1944

March 1944, Washington labor canteen. Socializing with a hostess at the St. Patrick's dance. View full size. Medium format negative by Joseph Horne.

March 1944, Washington labor canteen. Socializing with a hostess at the St. Patrick's dance. View full size. Medium format negative by Joseph Horne.

 

Contender: 1911

November 13, 1911. New York City. Our third shot of the heavyweight fighter Carl Morris. Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

November 13, 1911. New York City. Our third shot of the heavyweight fighter Carl Morris. Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Meet the Yankees: 1921

"Yankee group, 1921." More of the basketball-playing Yankees in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

"Yankee group, 1921." More of the basketball-playing Yankees in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Tom Collins: 1936

November 1936. Arvin migratory farm workers' camp in Kern County, California. "Tom Collins, manager of Kern migrant camp, with drought refugee family."  Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

November 1936. Arvin migratory farm workers' camp in Kern County, California. "Tom Collins, manager of Kern migrant camp, with drought refugee family." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Mildred's Place: 1938

October 1938 at the Alamo. "Mildred Irwin, saloon singer at North Platte, Nebraska. She entertained for 20 years in Omaha before coming to North Platte."  Medium-format safety negative by John Vachon. View full size.

Letter from John Vachon to his wife, Penny:


October 29, 1938

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Last night I had an adventure. Of the 1st water. To have it I had to get kind of stiff. And I did, dear. Pretty plastered. But it was all in the line of duty, eminently legitimate and justifiable. About eight o'clock I went into a corner saloon. It was a saloon in the grand tradition. I drank only beer, but great gobs of it. At the piano was a big huge large fat blonde woman of 45 to 50 yrs. With beautiful smeary red makeup on her puss, and huge mammy type bosoms. And her voice, O that you could hear her voice. She has Sophie Tucker in the wastebasket &nbsp;&nbsp;. . .

October 1938 at the Alamo. "Mildred Irwin, saloon singer at North Platte, Nebraska. She entertained for 20 years in Omaha before coming to North Platte." Medium-format safety negative by John Vachon. View full size.

Letter from John Vachon to his wife, Penny:

October 29, 1938

        Last night I had an adventure. Of the 1st water. To have it I had to get kind of stiff. And I did, dear. Pretty plastered. But it was all in the line of duty, eminently legitimate and justifiable. About eight o'clock I went into a corner saloon. It was a saloon in the grand tradition. I drank only beer, but great gobs of it. At the piano was a big huge large fat blonde woman of 45 to 50 yrs. With beautiful smeary red makeup on her puss, and huge mammy type bosoms. And her voice, O that you could hear her voice. She has Sophie Tucker in the wastebasket   . . .

 

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." View full size.  Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Where's Adolf?

May 1942. Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. "Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency: Alfred Palmer.

May 1942. Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. "Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency: Alfred Palmer.

 

The Simple Life: 1936

December 1936. "Washstand in house occupied by married hired hand and his wife. Harry Madsen farm near Dickens, Iowa. Three hundred sixty acres, owner-operated." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

December 1936. "Washstand in house occupied by married hired hand and his wife. Harry Madsen farm near Dickens, Iowa. Three hundred sixty acres, owner-operated." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Country Kitchen: 1936

December 1936. "Farmer's wife churning butter. Emmet County, Iowa." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

December 1936. "Farmer's wife churning butter. Emmet County, Iowa." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

In From the Fields: 1936

August 1936. "Migrant cotton pickers at lunchtime. Near Robstown, Texas." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

August 1936. "Migrant cotton pickers at lunchtime. Near Robstown, Texas." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Plucky: 1936

December 1936. "Wife of owner-operator and wife of hired hand cleaning chickens in cellar preparatory to canning them. Chickens at this time of year are bringing six cents per pound. These are for roasting. Harry Madsen farm, near Dickens, Iowa. 360 acres, owner operated." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

December 1936. "Wife of owner-operator and wife of hired hand cleaning chickens in cellar preparatory to canning them. Chickens at this time of year are bringing six cents per pound. These are for roasting. Harry Madsen farm, near Dickens, Iowa. 360 acres, owner operated." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Don't Stop Believing: 1936

November 1936. Eighty-year-old woman living in squatters' camp on the outskirts of Bakersfield, California. "If you lose your pluck you lose the most there is in you -- all you've got to live with." View full size.  Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

November 1936. Eighty-year-old woman living in squatters' camp on the outskirts of Bakersfield, California. "If you lose your pluck you lose the most there is in you -- all you've got to live with." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Multimillionaire: 1936

November 1936. "Cotton picker. Southern San Joaquin Valley, California."  Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

November 1936. "Cotton picker. Southern San Joaquin Valley, California." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 
 
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