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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Northward Bound: 1942

Northward Bound: 1942

September 1942. "Richwood, W. Va. Station scene at departure of men to help in the harvest in upstate New York." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Both Available

I noticed that Western Union offers both telegraph AND cable service.
What is the distinction between the two?

[The term "cable" referred to messages transmitted via a submarine telegraph cable. -tterrace]

Clothes Pins

Ditto on the watermark. Richwood is a neat little town in the West Virginia mountains which was at one time the home of the world's largest clothes pin factory as well as some large sawmills and other wood product factories. The last time I was through town there was still at least one mill, but the town is not what used to be. It was also the home of the Comstock Lode, a well known newspaper ran by a West Virginia favorite son, humorist/editor Jim Comstock.

Shades

Really ratty looking window shades in that station.

[There are no shades in the widows. -tterrace]

The Shorpy Brand

I'm not sure if watermark is the correct term, but your positioning of the Shorpy watermark within the picture made me laugh. Very clever.

Travellin' Shorpy

Nice placement of logo on suitcase.

 
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