Bowman Dairy Strike Photograph

Original gelatin silver photograph by FSA photographer John Vachon, July 1941 - Library of Congress LC-USF34- 063103-D [P&P] LOT 1085


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Shop this Bowman Dairy Strike Photograph for sale. This gelatin silver print photograph by American FSA photographer John Vachon dates to the 1960s, and the original negative dated to July 1941. The image defining the struggle for equality in America, this original black and white photograph. The image displays a man holding a sign that reads, “If Negro men can carry guns for Uncle Sam, surely they can drive milk wagons for Bowman Dairy.”

This gelatin silver print photograph is formally part of the collection of early 20th-century American photographs taken as part of the Farm Security Administration’s records – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). Library of congress number LC-USF34- 063103-D [P&P] LOT 1085 (corresponding photographic print). The photograph is hand stamped “Reproduced from the Collections of the Library of Congress” with Vachon’s signature, title, negative date, and printing notations, in pencil, on the verso in an unknown hand. In misattribution, FSA photographer Russell Lee’s name is also written on the back of the sheet but is crossed out.


The sheet measures 8 x 10 inches; the image measures 9.50 x 7.55 inches.


The photograph displays circular edge loss to the margin edges. The photograph surface displays minor abrasions and surface imperfections with markings and notations on the reverse.

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