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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

The Flavor Lasts: 1940

The Flavor Lasts: 1940

April 1940. "Dubuque, Iowa." Grit and gum in the Key City. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Noir

This could be the opening shot for the credits in a Robert Mitchum or Robert Ryan or Mickey Spillane thriller. It captures that grittiness and mystery very well. Who could be sitting in that car?

Hopperesque

The composition, subjec -- I wonder if the photographer was influenced by the painter Edward Hopper.

Framed!

Can anyone tell us what the purpose of the framework attached to the shed is? There are at least two wires running to the top of the framework, but no power lines or telephone lines appear to connect to it.

Dept. of Sanitation

I'm impressed (or depressed?) by the amount of garbage all over the place. If there's one thing the USA has gotten better at, it is keeping the garbage off the streets and sidewalks. I've been elsewhere, and I think the USA has come a long way since this photo.

HO Scale

What an excellent subject for a railroad diorama.

Looks like a brand new Ford sitting there in the alley.

Don't think that a lot of people living in this neighborhood could buy a new Ford, landlord?

Just what every kid needs

A Wabash boxcar in the back yard!

After 71 years

Still recognizable.

The glamor and excitement of the big city-

I knew there was a reason I live in the suburbs.

 
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