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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Pop Culture: 1943

Pop Culture: 1943

September 1943. "Columbus, Ohio. A Greyhound bus driver off duty." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

What a Revoltin' Development

William Bendix and Martha Raye on a date.

[I was thinking Errol Flynn. -tterrace]

Just Hanging Around

One might visit every restaurant in Manhattan today and find fewer men's hats hanging on hooks than are displayed in this photo. That once universal accoutrement, though currently enjoying renewed vogue among the soul-patch-and-skinny-trouser set, is but poorly replaced by the ubiquitous and most unflattering baseball cap, a ridiculous affectation for anyone not pursuing outdoor work. Apparently, men used to glue their fedoras firmly to their pates, for I recall seeing vicious melees in old movies with multitudes having chairs broken over their heads or being thrown into the mirror behind the bar but without a single hat's being lost.

Looks like

Robby the Robot Sr. in the background.

Jukebox

Seeburg Symphonola, lit and unlit.

Double straw in a Coke

Had almost forgotten that this used to be a thing.

 
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