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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Venetian Blond: 1943

Venetian Blond: 1943

June 1943. Arlington County, Va. "Arlington Farms, war duration residence halls. A room at Idaho Hall." Sunny yet noirish photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 

Don't touch that dial...

It looks like the young lady is listening to WWDC at 1450-AM.
The radio station moved to 1260-AM in 1950.

Since You Went Away

Wrapped up in the expression on her face. Wonderfully posed candid shot. Another 1000 word special.

Not a GE

I believe that the radio is a Firestone Air Chief like this one.

"Venetian Blond"

Good play on words, Shorpy. She's probably deep in thought about her husband or boyfriend in service overseas.

Listening to some hot tunes!

Music to melt your heart.

Protective Custody

She's got one eye open and on that GE Bakelite AM Radio, nobody is going to get that away from her. This was the type of consumer item that was very difficult to get during WW2. I knew someone that was in the housewares business during that period. He told me that there were practically no new radios, small or major appliances available. He would repair existing equipment for his customers and would buy what ever he could to cannibalize the parts.

Groucho says it's not a GE but a Firestone, I'll have to take his word for it. Not being a vintage radio connoisseur, I came pretty close. Off by one stria.

 
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