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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Night Ride: 1943

Night Ride: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Trolley leaving the terminal at night." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Spooky, Empty

Empty? "Room for one more." What atmosphere in this pic.

Lights, please

There's just something I love about streetlights with clear incandescent bulbs, such as this one. Here in Connecticut they're all but extinct (Stonington Borough is the last town of which I'm aware that still has these).

Still blows my mind that these go for a couple hundred dollars on eBay.

Ahead of its time?

Either this car is moving away from us with a hidden motorman or there's a phantom driver piloting it driving toward us. I didn't know they had driverless vehicles already back in 1943.

Ghost car

Not a human in sight.

Edward Hopper

Ready to settle in place for "Nighthawks"!

 
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