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

On a Roll: 1942

On a Roll: 1942

July 1942. "Conservation. Rubber. This truck tire has run 146,000 miles. It is now planned to retread it with a life expectancy of at least half the original mile­age. The tire is size 9.75 x 20, weighs 129 pounds and was run at an air pressure of 70 pounds. Miss Jean Spanitz, stenographer in the Division of Motor Transpor­tation, Office of Defense Transportation, poses with the tire." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Whip the Axis, rev.

But, Agfa happens to be Belgian, not quite "The Axis".

[At the time, Agfa was a part of IG Farben, a German company, although their US assets had been seized in 1941 as enemy property. -tterrace]

Classy!

Got to say, women sure dressed with style back in the day.

Oh those shoes!

Sensible, stylish, en vogue at the time. She is very well put together and I like the gap teeth! Makes for a great smile.

Miss Recap 1942

Miss Recap 1942 is riding a B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Heavy Duty.

She looks

... tired.

Whip the Axis!

(But buy their film.) It was kind of the OWI to use German film for a win-the-war photo.

[An interesting point. Wikipedia: "American assets were seized during World War II as enemy property and became General Aniline and Film Corp., whose photographic products reverted to the Ansco brand name." -Dave]

Hey ! Hey!

You don't know where that tire's been.

No "Pretty Girls" tag?

This is the all-American girl.

[Done. - Dave]

 
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