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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Aperture: 1944

Aperture: 1944

May 1944. "New York. A small boy arriving at Greenwich House, where he is enrolled in a nursery school program, receives day care while his mother works." Another perspective on the door glimpsed earlier here. Photo by the wonderfully named Risdon Tillery for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Outside Lifts

Sometimes found in small stations, remember some from days in Louisiana. The composition of the overall shot reminds me of several scenes from 'The Searchers'; John Ford would have like it.

Open-air garage

Nowadays there’s a two-story building directly across the narrow street on the irregularly shaped corner lot, but the 1944 photo reveals some automotive activity including, curiously, what I take to be an open-air hydraulic lift.

 
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Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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