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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Let's Eat: 1943

Let's Eat: 1943

August 1943. "Middle River, Maryland. A Farm Security Administration housing project for Glenn L. Martin aircraft workers. A worker's family in their trailer home." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The chairs

We still have about 40 of those chairs at our firehouse and they are more comfortable than metal chairs and last a lot longer. Ours are at least 60 years old.

Couch Across the End

Note the couch across the end of the trailer. I was always suspicious about the Airstream trailer that served as a mobile home Greene family as they travelled from place to place looking for work. They also had a couch at one end, but it was flanked by end tables. I couldn't figure it out, as Airstream trailers are not much wider than the trailer shown in this picture.

Then I happened upon a web site run by a guy who had built and dressed sets in Hollywood for years. It had photos of sets he had built, including Promised Land. The Airstream had been cut down the middle and spread apart about 4-5 feet, allegedly as an aid to the camera crew. But it also allowed unlikely furniture arrangements!

Still out there

The Martin housing at Middle River is still very much there; the cottages were just that--and tiny. My wife's grandmother lived in a Martin cottage at Middle River (on Elm Drive) for most of her life.

Have a seat

I have a chair exactly like that. It is a real finger-pincher if you are not careful.

Nice shoes

The Wedgies, the Christopher Robins, and the Cake-eaters.

Fiesta

Looks like their dinner is being served on Fiesta ware.

 
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