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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Small Fry: 1944

Small Fry: 1944

May 1944. "New York. A small boy who receives day care at Greenwich House while his mother works." And more of that service station across the street. Photo by Risdon Tillery for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Battery Rental

I've never heard of renting batteries either, but my guess is that the station would rent you a "loaner" battery while yours was being trickle-charged overnight. That way you could still keep the car running and pick up your freshly recharged battery the next day. Makes sense!

Look, Mother --

"A 1929 Ford truck!"

Batteries Rented?

I did not know you could do this.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | 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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