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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PROTECT HER FROM TUBERCULOSIS

Your Turn: 1941

Your Turn: 1941

      Time for our weekly check-in with the girls of Apartment 3G. (Or is it 3X?) Another round of Cokes, and let's get comfortable!

The next entry in a curious set of photos from the Office of War Information archive, taken by Arthur Siegel in the summer of 1941 in Detroit. View full size.

 

Whoooooops

Ah, the unsuspecting, lovely "smoker" on the right clearly doesn't realize that her chair is about to collapse. I looked at the bottom of her chair and became nervous.

The gal on the left

looks better with every installment.
One more button and this could get...interesting.

I'm Convinced Now

Either there is a bottle of rum in the kitchen or Arthur spiked the cokes to relax his subjects.

A tale waiting to be told

Apparently the gal in the middle finds foot odor displeasing, or may be she's done sneezing?

I keep waiting for Peter Lorre to creep into the scene with Sydney Greenstreet close behind.

 
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