Friday, September 21, 2012

Dirty Talk

A dustman chats up the ladies, 1935, London.  Photographer unknown.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Meat Men

So-called meat porters, 1935, London, carrying pork.  Interestingly enough, the photographer is one E. Bacon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

We are the Dustmen

Ash removal, Potsdam, Germany, 1928.  Photographer unknown.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paint Your Wagon

Trolley painters, Scotland, 1911.  Photographer unknown.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Prop Men

Workers grease the way for a new ship (the SS Strathaird) to hit the surf, July 19, 1931, Barrow-in-Furness, England.  Photo by Douglas Miller.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Big Wheel Keep on Turning

Construction crew with massive gear.  London, 1930.  Photographer unknown. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Workers protest the Waterman Repair Division, Maryland, 1935.  Photo by Harold M. Lambert.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

After the Fire

Firemen, exhausted and beaten, after the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, March 25, 1911, New York.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Subterranean Homesick Blues

Maintaing the sewers in London.  Date and photographer unknown.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Roadwork Ahead

Working on Route 40, Ohio, 1935.  Photographer unknown.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Pit Brow Girls

Girls and women working a coal production line in the U.K., exact location unknown.  Commonly referred to as "pit brow girls."  Circa 1912, photographer unknown.

Monday, September 3, 2012

For Those Who Labor on this Day

A migrant farm worker in Belcross, NC, 1940, takes a short break.  Photo by Jack Delano.

Friday, August 31, 2012

After the Gold Rush

Dawson City, Yukon (present day Nome, Alaska), circa 1890.  Photographer unknown.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Street Sweeping

Street sweeper takes a break.  London, East End, 1965.  Photo by Steve Lewis.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Florence, Italy, circa 1940. A trucker stops to refuel. Photo by Alberto Lattuada.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Before Rosie

Long before America's Rosie the Riveter represented women in the workplace during war, the French were already in the game.  Women like these worked in munitions factories from 1914 through 1918 to support the war effort while troops fought under the hellish conditions of trench warfare at the front.  Photo by Roger Viollet, 1914. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Scraping the Sky

Steel beam workers in New York City, 1925.  Photographer unknown. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Catch of the Day: Abalone

Abalone fisherman sort the catch.  California, 1940, photographer unknown.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Checking the Plaque

After completing the Williamsburg Bridge (New York City) workers check the finish on the plaque. Circa 1903, photographer unknown.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Boiling Sausages

Boiling sausages at the sausage factory.  Photographer and location unknown.  Circa 1920.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Workers on the Silent Highway

 From the series "Street life in London,"  1877.  Photo by John Thomson

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Youngsters in Harlem

Youngsters play in the street, Harlem, 1920s.  Photo by New York Daily News.

Monday, August 20, 2012

"London Contrast"

Circa 1860, published by London Stereoscopic Company, photographer unknown.  Staged split-screen to illustrate the difference between rich and poor children in London, England. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Roadhouse in the southern United States.  Exact location not listed.  Photographer, Michael Ochs. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Lunch Break

Workers take a break, London, 1920s.  Photographer unknown.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Spring Clean

Docker cleans figurehead at Chatham Dockyard in Kent, 1931.  Photographer unknown.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Glass Factory kids

Outside the glass factory, Alexandria, VA, 1911.  Photographer unknown.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tow Rope

Dock worker hoisting tow rope, London, 1912.  Photographer unknown.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Street Scene

Street scene in Harlem, 1920s.  Photo by New York Daily News. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Last Call

Last call - Covington KY, 1919, the day before Prohibition was enacted.  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Welding at the Shipyard

Two female welders at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards in Baltimore, MD.  Photo by Arthur Siegel.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Purple Sage Tavern

The Purple Sage Tavern, Texas, 1939.  Photo by Carl Mydan.

Friday, August 10, 2012


Day after Harlem riots of 1943.  Photo by New York Daily News. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

On the Waterfront

Dock workers in New York, circa 1920s.  Photographer unknown.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Liverpudlian Neighbors

Neighbors sit on a stoop in Liverpool, July, 1949.  Photographer unknown.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Drinking at Art's

Art's Sportsmen's Tavern, Colchester Connecticut, 1940.  Photo by Jack Delano

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Children and wagon

Children with bucket and wagon in Washington, DC, 1911.  Photographer unknown.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Albert Docks

Loading the Arawa.  London, circa 1885, photographer unknown.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"A Rope Walk"

From Wild Life on a Tidal Water, 1890.  Photograph by Peter Henry Emerson.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Breydon Smelter"

From Wild Life on a Tidal Water, 1890. Photograph by Peter Henry Emerson.