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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Read 'Em and Weep: 1941

Read 'Em and Weep: 1941

Detroit, summer 1941. "Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." The card table seems to have turned in this seventh installment of Arthur Siegel's mysterious photos for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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The one on the left in the bathing suit has something on her thigh that looks it could be a small pox vaccination scar. It was sometimes put on the thighs of little girls, so that it would be covered by their skirts. There were girls my age who had it, too. It didn't work too well, though, because by the time we reached our teens, the mini-skirt had been born!

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The lady on the left appears to be knitting herself a new dress.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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