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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Mailroom Girls: 1924

Mailroom Girls: 1924

May 20, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Veterans Bureau." Some alumnae here of the Olive Oyl Secretarial School. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

1924 Oversea Veteran Compensation

Shhh … don't let the Tea Party know.


Washington Post, Jun 2, 1924.

Veterans' Bureau Mails Checks to 81 Countries

Each month the United States veterans bureau sends 15,359 checks amounting to $615,086 [~$8 billion inflation adjusted monthly, ~$96 billion annual] to 81 countries around the world to meet the compensation of insurance claims of veterans of the American army in the late war, Brig. Gen. Frank T. Hines, directory of veterans' bureau, announced yesterday.

Reviewing the list of countries to which the checks are sent Brig. Gen. Hines said they are dispatched to "every civilized spot under the sun."

The greatest number of checks are sent to Italy. That country receives 5,578 checks amounting to $223,615 monthly. Poland ranks second, receiving 1,708 checks amounting to $68,120 each month.

It is interesting to note that 68 checks are sent to Germany, where $3,440 is required each month to meet the insurance or compensation claims of American veterans.

Sorting it out

The one on the left looks as if she wants to teach you a thing or two after work, and the one next to her already had consumption, poor dear. Second from the right was an anarcho-syndicalist deported just one year after this picture, and on the extreme right is a lady REALLY trying to impress the boss.

No offense, ladies

But I can't figure out what looks worse in this picture -- your outfits or your hairstyles.

Collars

Were in style in '24.

Second from the left

She has that Spinster look down pat.

 
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