Saturday, May 14, 2011


Toliau tyrinėjam retriškąjį archyvą, Bioshock Infinite įkvėpimo šaltinį.

Lyginam su mūsiškąja būtimi: kiek civilizacija per pastarąjį šimtmetį pasistūmėjo humaniškumo, darbo teisių, lyčių lygybės, skirtingų klasių, dalmenų sugyvenimo srityse. Tuomečiai vargai, džiaugsmai ir rūpesčiai.

O galbūt nepasistūmėjo visai? Tik tie patys reiškiniai įgavo naujas formas?

1. Wapato Ennui: 1939

"Washington, Yakima Valley, near Wapato. One of Chris Adolph's younger children." August 1939.

2. Dust Bowl Farm: 1938

Coldwater District north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses here have been abandoned

3. Dust Bowl Kids: 1936

"Children of Oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp in California." November 1936.

4. Spoiled Nan: 1911

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."

5. 3/4 Novelty Grahams: 1910

This picture shows the "Four Novelty Grahams" acrobatic performers at the Victoria Theatre, Philadelphia.

The father is 23 years of age. Willie Graham is 5 years of age, and Herbert Graham is 3 years of age. At 9 P.M. on June 10th, 1910, these children were performing on the stage. Four times daily they do a turn which lasts from 12 to 14 minutes. Herbert Graham, the youngest, was said by the father to have commenced performing on the stage as an acrobat when he was 10 months of age. Willie, now 5, is said to be the youngest acrobat in the world. The mother of these boys was formerly a school teacher, and is now performing with this trio on the stage.

The children are bright and strong, but have a playfulness about them which shows them to have forgotten the best years of childhood.

6. Trapper Boy: 1908

Trapper Boy, Turkey Knob Mine, Macdonald, West Virginia. Boy had to stoop on account of low roof, photo taken more than a mile inside the mine. October 1908.

7. The Hundred-Year Stare: 1911

1911. "The girl works all day in a cannery." Location unspecified but possibly Mississippi.

8. Fish: 1917

April 1917. "Teaching a deaf-mute to talk. Training School for Deaf Mutes. Sulphur, Oklahoma."

9. A Little Spinner: 1909

January 1909. "A little spinner in Globe Cotton Mill. Augusta, Georgia. The overseer admitted she was regularly employed."

10. The Last Thing You See: 1914

"Clean Up Rubbish" notice on 4th and Madison Avenue streetcar, New York. October 1914.

11. The Flower Factory: 1917

"Margaret Ciampa, 14 years old, finishing flowers at Boston Floral Supply Co., 347-357 Cambridge Street. Said to be the only flower factory in Massachusetts." January 29, 1917.

12. The Misses Go Motoring: 1910

"Miss Powell and Miss Sands" circa 1910.

13. Where Economy Rules: 1938

Summer 1938. "A&P store in Somerset, Ohio."

14. Joy Unconfined: 1915

Summer 1915. Dancing to the tunes coming out of an Edison Home Phonograph at Broad Channel

15. When Hats Were Big: 1909

"Miss Twombly, whip of Ladies' Coach Run, and two other ladies beside coach on street." April 26, 1909.

16. Board Room: 1908

"Boy probably about 13 years old, tying strips which he has taken away from the planer." Schultze Waltum Planing Mill at Evansville, Indiana. October 1908.

17. Visits Houses of Prostitution: 1910

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "Frank F. Gibson, 1305 Linden Street. 14 years of age. Western Union Telegraph messenger No. 7. One year in service. Visits houses of prostitution. Guides soldiers to segregated district. Smokes. Still at school and works from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m."

18. O.K. Soap: 1936

Interior of the general store in Moundville, Alabama. Photographed by Walker Evans in the summer of 1936. Top shelf inventory: 1 box Peter Loaded Shells, 2 chairs, 2 Aurora oil cans, 8 boxes quart-size Ball square mason fruit jars, 2 small lanterns, 3 large lanterns, 9 galvanized tubs, 1 trunk.

19. Beauty Prize Winners: 1922

Four prize winners in the 1922 beauty show at Washington Bathing Beach, Washington, D.C.

20. Ghost Child: 1936

Child living in Oklahoma City shacktown. August 1936.

21. My Five Sons: 1899

"Summit Avenue Ensemble." Photographer Thomas Askew's twin sons Clarence and Norman, son Arthur, neighbor Jake Sansome, and sons Robert and Walter at the Askew home in Atlanta. 1899 or 1900.

22. Faceless Beggar: 1918

"Beggar - New York," c. 1918.

23. Little Angels: 1936

Baby girl of family living on Natchez Trace Project, near Lexington, Tennessee. March 1936.

Nori nenori prisimeni kumyršoko siurrealybinius sesulų niūniavimus: "Who watches over sleeping angels? I do... I do..."

24. Campbell Kids: 1912

Children playing with Campbell Kid dolls. New York City, March 1912.

25. Mother and Children in Tent Camp: 1936

A migrant mother, 32, who has seven hungry children, living in a tent camp in Nipomo, California.

The mother in this photo is the famous subject of a Depression-era portrait known as "Migrant Mother." She came forward in the late 1970s and was revealed to be Florence Owens Thompson.

26. Vanderbilt Cup: 1908

Janatzy in the Vanderbilt Cup auto race. Possibly October 1908.

27. New Haven Newsies: 1909

High school route boys for the New Haven Register. New Haven, Connecticut, March 1909. "Adolescents. Some in back row have been newsboys for seven, eight and nine years."

28. Two Trains: 1924

"Train of 1862 & 1924 Limited - Great Northern."

29. A Poor Diet: 1936

December 1936: "Christmas dinner in home of Earl Pauley near Smithfield, Iowa. Dinner consisted of potatoes, cabbage and pie."

30. The Barefoot Sweeper: 1916

15-year-old sweeper in the spinning and spooling room of Berkshire Cotton Mills. Adams, Massachusetts. July 10, 1916.

31. Coney Island Orphans: 1911

Orphans going to Coney Island (Luna Park). June 7, 1911.

32. Philadelphia Story: 1941

Chicago moviegoers waiting to see "The Philadelphia Story" starring Stewart, Grant and Hepburn. April 1941.

33. A Doll's House: 1910

New York playground c. 1910.

34. Onions, Limes, Potatoes: 1908

Fruit Venders, Indianapolis Market, August 1908

35. Brooklyn Bridge: 1910

The Brooklyn Bridge circa 1910.

36. Home Work Wagon: 1912

August 1912. "The wagon that delivers Home Work to Somerville, Massachusetts. The owner of the wagon (who is not the driver) is O. H. Brown, 27 Main Street, Reading. These wagons (about 4 in all) are worked on commission, not owned by factory." ("home work" here meant pre-cut cloth patterns ready to be sewn into various articles of clothing).

37. Big Wheel in Waco: 1913

Waco, Texas. September 1913. "Messenger boy working for Mackay Telegraph Company. Said fifteen years old. Exposed to Red Light dangers."

38. 535-07-5248 and Wife

Oregon, August 1939. "Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note Social Security number tattooed on his arm."

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