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

War News: 1942

War News: 1942

April 1942. An unknown diner reading World War 2 headlines from the Detroit News in a downtown Detroit cafe. Photo taken by my grandfather, Howard McGraw, of the Detroit News. Scanned from a 4x5 negative. View full size.

Lady at the Detroit diner: 1942

Dear DetroitScott, who submitted this photo: I am Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project and other similar projects. I post frequently on Shorpy. I want to find out who the lady was in the diner, and I need to know anything else you can tell me about the photo. I am hoping that I can identify her and then find one of her descendants. Please contact me. You can find my email address at the bottom of this page on my website.
www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/lewishine.html

"The Home Newspaper"

Hard to tell the precise location of this photo, but that sure appears to be the Detroit News building outside that window.

Nothing to Wear

And The Girls, as Usual, Just Didn't Have a Thing to Wear!

War News, April 1942

The paper she's reading appears to be from Thursday, April 16, 1942. Up to that point, the war had been pretty much all bad news, but two days hence the Doolittle Raid would boost Americans' spirits. The Battle of Midway in early June would bring more hope.

It's all in the words I suppose

Way back when I was young my mother would describe this fashionable young woman as "stately." My father would agree but his description would no doubt be "classy broad."

Oh for a piece of that pie

I'd give a buck for a slice of that coconut cream pie.

A very beautiful picture

It tells so much.

She just arrived

from Casablanca.

 
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