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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

All-American: 1942

All-American: 1942

August 1942. New York. "Dancing and music on Mott Street at a flag raising ceremony in honor of neighborhood Italian boys in the Army." Medium-format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The U.S. landed on Guadalcanal

- in August 1942. John Basilone, an Italian-American from New York, although Buffalo, would be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle for Henderson Field.

Looking south from 281 Mott Street

On every little balcony . . .

. . . flowers and vegetables; the streamers; the flags; the people; the lovely young woman in the foreground, guarded by the elderly grandmas/aunts! And, of course, the patriotism and caring of the community. I'd love to walk right into this photo and find myself in 1942. Wonder what the street looks like today.

The 3 Musketeers

All in a row, 7up, Pepsi and the Grand Marshal, Coca-Cola.
On the subject of the celebratory flag being carried in the photo, The crowd would throw coins on to it. The donated money was to be given to Army-Navy relief funds.

 
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