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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Pinned: 1943

Pinned: 1943

March 1943. "Conductor G. Reynolds, checking his waybills in a caboose of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Argentine and Emporia, Kansas." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Jules Erbit, artist

This particular pinup is the work of Jules Erbit. Forced (along with Bela Lugosi) to flee his native Hungary after their 1919 workers' revolution in Budapest failed, Erbit set up shop in Manhattan, and painted many magazine covers and calendars. David Saunders has compiled an impressive summary of Erbit's travels and jobs. Although the name of his model for this painting seems lost to history, postcards, coffee mugs, and magnetic calendars bearing this likeness are for sale on various websites.

AT&SF Rocks!

The interior of this caboose seems much brighter and better kept than most of the others depicted on these pages over the years. Altogether, not a bad place to work, wartime or not.

The world is not gray

Here is what brightened his day.

Nailed down

Judging from the number of fasteners on this gentleman's pinup picture, he's sure of keeping it for himself!

The joy of black and white

I am certain the Pepsi Cola ad looked far less stimulating to our Mr. Reynolds in full color than what is powerfully rendered here in glorious, gorgeous, and, may I dare say glamorous black and white.

There was just something about the ads in that era. Cola ads were once far more enticing, even more perky, than now.

 
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