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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Smokescream: 1942

Smokescream: 1942

September 1942. "Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Sergeant George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask in a practice smokescreen." Sgt. Camblair in one of his scarier manifestations. (He could have used the mask back when he was peeling onions.) Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

My Dad

Is the one in back, this photo ca. 1944.

Flora

That's a Liriodendron tulipifera he's walking under. Also I'm seeing a 40s adult fantasy scenario.

 
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