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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

War Machine: 1942

War Machine: 1942

October 1942. Engine installers at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Posed

That's because these pictures were posed. They were all done for the Office of War Information and were used as as the basis for posters for recruitment, bond drives, etc. The reflex cameras and large-format (4x5) Kodachromes that were used to make these pictures are at least the equal of today's professional camera equipment, and superior to any consumer digital camera.

This picture looks posed.

This picture looks posed. Also, The color photography looks very modern?

1942

That was when we were one nation, indivisible, fighting for our freedom. Perhaps Congress should give some thought to that considering todays worldly forays.
Jim

 
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