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The Rites of Spring: 1943

The Rites of Spring: 1943

        Step on a crack ...

June 1943. Arlington County, Virginia. "Arlington Farms, war duration residence halls. Sunbathers on the sidewalk in the back of Idaho Hall." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.


My Vote Has Been Cast

The seated lady has won my vote for "Beast Legs of '43". Some things are just worth fighting for.

[Whatever you say. -Dave]

That'll teach them thought Betty

They won't mess with my man again.


The most beautiful sidewalk in the world.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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