On the road with her family one month from South Dakota. Tulelake, Siskiyou County, Calif. September 1939. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.
Lange always has beautiful photos that look staged but aren't.
Mack Sennett's bathing beauties in serpentine confetti, April 24, 1918.
It's interesting to see the date on this one. I would have expected a picture like this to be from after 1926 but no, this was taken during the war. Offhand, that's a lot of confetti.
Model airplanes decorate the ceiling of the train concourses at Union Station in Chicago, Illinois. Jack Delano, 1943.
This was one of those fantastic photos that made me look a little closer. It was clearly inside a building but I didn't know they were model planes until I read the caption.
He looks rather determined doesn't he?
The title of this 1905 photo by George Lawrence is "Rubbing," with a copyright assigned to Cluett, Peabody & Co., which in the 1930s developed the Sanforization pre-shrink process for cottons.
I picked this one because she's got a rather cheeky look on her face. Also I can't imagine washing clothes by hand. The past really is another country.
Eighteen-year-old Ruth Malcomson, Miss Philadelphia of 1924. Later that year in Atlantic City, she would be crowned Miss America. 5x7 glass negative, Atlantic Foto Service/George Grantham Bain Collection.
That's one crazy looking trophy. It's interesting to see how thing begins and trying to link the steps of it must have taken to evolve into what it is now, such as the Miss America pageant.
Eastport, Maine. August 1911. "Nan de Gallant, 4 Clark Street, 9 year old cartoner, Seacoast Canning Co., Factory #2. Packs some with her mother. Mother and two sisters work in factory. One sister has made $7 in one day. During the rush season, the women begin work at 7 a.m., and at times work until midnight. Brother works on boats. The family comes from Perry, Maine, just for the summer months. Work is very irregular. Nan is already a spoiled child." Lewis W. Hine.
She would fit right in with "Children of the Corn" don't you think? She has what my mother calls, 'the Look', an inherited expression passed down from mother to daughter.
Powerhouse Mechanic and Steam Pump (1920). One of Lewis Wickes Hine's celebrated "work portraits" made after he completed his decade-long project documenting child labor. Juniper Gallery Fine Art Print.
This seems to be an iconic image as I've seen it grace fancy coffee table photography books before.
"Children's Delight" carousel wagon with piano or calliope, circa 1910. George B. Marx Wagon Co., Brooklyn.
August 1939. Migratory boy in squatter camp. Has come to Yakima Valley, Washington, for the third year to pick hops. Mother: "You'd be surprised what that boy can pick." Photograph by Dorothea Lange.
This kid has a determined look about him