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Railroad Armored Cars in Saigon, 1969

30 Nov

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Omaha, Nebraska, November 1938 by John Vachon

27 Nov

I spent a cold November week in Omaha and walked a hundred miles. Was it Kearney Street where unemployed men sat all day on the steps of cheap hotels? A tattoo parlor, and the city mission with its soup kitchen. Men hanging around the stockyards. One morning I photographed a grain elevator: pure sun-brushed silo columns of cement rising from behind CB&Q freight car. The genius of Walker Evans and Charles Sheeler welded into one supreme photographic statement, I told myself. Then it occurred to me that it was I who was looking at the grain elevator. For the past year I had been sedulously aping the masters. And in Omaha I realized that I had developed my own style with the camera. I knew that I would photograph only what pleased me or astonished my eye, and only in the way I saw it.

John F. Vachon (May 19, 1914 – April 20, 1975) was an American photographer. He worked as a filing clerk for the Farm Security Administration before Roy Stryker recruited him to join a small group of photographers, including Esther Bubley, Marjory Collins, Mary Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, Russell Lee, Gordon Parks, Charlotte Brooks, Carl Mydans, Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn, who were employed to publicize the conditions of the rural poor in America.

Cars and parking meters

Nebraska is the white spot of the nation

Danbaum armored car

On a streetcar

Unemployed men who ride the freight trains from Omaha to Kansas City and St. Louis and back

High school student’s car

In the wholesale district

Boxcar and grain elevators

At the Armistice Day parade

Newsstand

Oak bar from a more prosperous era

Flophouse on lower Douglas Street

Saloon in the stockyard district

Blind beggar

Restaurant sign

[Wikipedia, via FSA-OWI Photos]

Old Buses

31 Oct
Two old buses in New York City from 1913

A woman sleeping in a bus station in Chicago, Illinois, 1943

A crowded bus terminal in Memphis, Tennessee, 1943

A Greyhound Bus from 1938

Crowd on the bus was going from Memphis to Chattanooga, 1943

An old school bus

School bus was taken in 1921 in West Virginia

(via)

German Federal Archived Photos of Old Germany

27 Oct

These are some amazing photos of Adolf Hitler’s Germany. They show Germany in its heyday. They are complete with all of the pomp and circumstance.

(widelec.org, via izismile.com)

Kodachrome Photos of the American Southwest

25 Oct

During the 1950s, Martin Karplus, a Professor of Theoretical Chemistry and Biophysics at Harvard, traveled through the Southwest as a post-doctorate fellow. The richly-hued images that he captured on Kodachrome during his visit. (via)

In Porsche’s Factory, 1972

17 Oct

Moscow retro-transport

8 Oct