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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Fountain Service: 1940

Fountain Service: 1940

November 1940. Taftville, Connecticut. An uncaptioned shot by Jack Delano taken from the grounds of the Penomah Mills factory. Note the Coke sign. Archie and Betty no doubt somewhere nearby. 35mm nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Awakening

It wasn't until these recent Jack Delano photos that I realized he used a 35mm machine at times. I have always been so blown away by his spectacular 4x5s I guess I just didn't notice this fact. Makes me wonder what camera he used? Somehow I get the feeling it was a Contex with Carl Zeiss lenses.

Ponemah

Delano got the company's name wrong: it should be Ponemah. Most monumental mills in Connecticut.

Ignored

Not a word about Miss Veronica! Poor baby.

Also still there

From Google Streetview: http://goo.gl/maps/DW9QG

Sadly, those swell cars are long gone.

[As are the stately elms. - Dave]

 
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