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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Coffee Run: 1941

Coffee Run: 1941

1941. "Free coffee served at the picnic grounds on the Fourth of July at Vale, Oregon." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

got your ears lowered?

When my 2 sons were about 10 and 12, this type of haircut (or a variant) was called the Skater cut. Now my younger son is 29 and a staff sergeant in the Air Force, and other than the long hair on top, this is how he has it cut.

Whitewalls

Love the whitewall haircuts. I went to an old-school barber just before my interview for a faculty position at a university back in 1990. He gave me whitewalls like this before I realized what he was doing! Must have worked, since I still have the job 8-)

Re: Hot Cups

Those cups do get hot. The main reason is the rolled rim which in some cups also contained a wire. All this extra metal retains a lot of heat and even if the rest of the cup seems cool enough to drink from. Some fellows I knew would cut away the rolled rim from the side they drank from. If you do that, you learn pretty quick to file it smooth. Myself, I just blow on the edge first and cross my fingers.

White sidewalls

Nickname for that "style" of haircut in the 30's, 40's; shaved close on the sides and neck and long on the top. A variation seems to be coming back these days on young men.

Hot cups

Those metal camping cups look rustic and useful for durability, packing,etc. but they get unbearably hot when filled with coffee. Not only is it painful to hold onto them, you will burn the dickens out of your lips and mouth when you try to drink out of them. The same is true of the blue enamel (with white specks) "granite ware" camping cups. Like many things in life, they aren't always what they seem.

Hair

These kids' haircuts match the current hairstyles of half the soccer players in the FIFA World Cup finals now on in Brazil.

 
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