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Dear Folks: 1943

Dear Folks: 1943

July 1943. "Greenville, South Carolina. Air Service Command. Writing a letter home." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Delano was a genius

with light, his work always jumps right off the page. What an awesome photo.

Sergeants Suite

I remember the small rooms near the entrance or the staircase in those WW2 era Barracks. They were for the Cadre′, the training staff. There were usually 2 of these, one was occupied by the Senior NCO and the 2nd usually shared by another Sgt and/or a Corporal. The rest of us slept in single bedded, double decked camaraderie in what could lightly be called a Dormitory.

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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