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1935 Print Office Chicago Illinois Montgomery Ward Retail Women Letters FZ2

1935 Print Office Chicago Illinois Montgomery Ward Retail Women Letters FZ2

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This is an original 1935 halftone print of women at Montgomery Ward opening letters at the Chicago, Illinois store. The orders seen in the middle of the room are on a moving belt, which directly deposits the orders at the warehouse department. The letter opening department had 100 girls working, and each girl would take care of 250 orders in an hour on average.

Photography by Margaret Bourke-White. Bourke-White was born in the Bronx, New York. Her interest in photography was propelled by her father's love of cameras, and her quest for self-improvement. Bourke-White became the first female war correspondent, and the first female photographer for Life magazine. She became the staff photographer and associate editor for Fortune from 1929 to 1935. During World War II, she took images in the combat zones, and was the only foreign photographer in Moscow when the German forces invaded; she was able to capture the ensuing battle. She is known for her images of Gandhi, and Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Her images portray amazing depth, and wonderful contrast, and can be seen in the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern At, the Library of Congress, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.


This 76+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8.5 inches; 15 x 22 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Mailing, Mail, Aaron Montgomery Ward, mail-order business, dry goods